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SFU launches Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation

July 14, 2016 Tags: Academics , Advancement & Alumni , Research , School of Business , University News

Dr Timmons portraitFr. Malachi Van Tassell, T.O.R, president of Saint Francis University, and Dr. Randy Frye, dean of the School of Business, announced today that Dr. Edward Timmons has been appointed director of the University’s new Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation (CSOR).   

Supported by a generous grant from the Charles Koch Foundation, the CSOR will be housed in the newly renovated home of the School of Business, the Charles M. Schwab Hall. The Center’s mission is to inform citizens, policy makers, and other researchers of the extent, scope, and effects of occupational regulation.   

Why the study of regulations matters

Estimates suggest that more than one in four workers (approximately 25%) in the United States is directly impacted by occupational regulation, a percentage that has grown from 5% in the 1950s. This is far higher than the percentage of workers receiving the minimum wage or the percentage of workers belonging to a union.

Last summer, the White House released a report documenting the costs and benefits of occupational licensing and suggested that state governments conduct a similar analysis of existing occupational regulation. The administration would like to establish a framework for licensing reform that encourages a thoughtful approach to licensing and results in a regulatory environment that better serves the public interest. 

Development of a national database of occupational regulation

To enhance public awareness regarding the impact of occupational licensing and to encourage more discussion and research on the topic, the Center will produce, update, and maintain a national database of occupational regulation that will be freely available to the public. The Center will also organize panels at national research conferences and prepare research reports on the subject. Saint Francis students will have the opportunity to contribute to the work of the Center. The Center will also hire new staff and host visiting researchers from other Universities visiting the campus. 

About Dr. Timmons

Dr. Edward Timmons is one of the world's leading scholars on the effects of occupational regulation. His research has been published in The Journal of Law and Economics, the British Journal of Industrial Relations,The Journal of Labor Research, Monthly Labor Review, Eastern Economic Journal, and the European Journal of Comparative Economics. Dr. Timmons has been a member of the Saint Francis University faculty for eight years and serves as coordinator of the Economics major. 

Founded in 1847, Saint Francis University is the oldest Franciscan institution of higher learning in the country, and one of the oldest Catholic colleges in the nation.