Have license, will travel: Measuring the effects of universal licensing recognition on mobility
Universal licensing recognition (ULR) is a recent policy trend in which states recognize other states’ licensing credentials, lowering labor market barriers for interstate migrants. Using county-to-county migration files from the Internal Revenue Service and policy-enactment dates from the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation, we find a sizeable increase in average net migration (eleven tax filers, twenty-two dependents) from border counties in non-ULR states to contiguous border counties in ULR states each year, as well as an increase in adjusted gross income tax receipts in the ULR counties ($1.7 million). These effects dissipate at the state level.
Occupational licensing, Mobility, Migration, Regulation
Darwyyn Deyo and Alicia Plemmons. "Have license, will travel: Measuring the effects of universal licensing recognition on mobility" Economics Letters (2022). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2022.110800