- Dec 2018
- New England
If those are valuable things then the market will choose them. For example, you may think it's important to visit a licensed barber or hairdresser. That's fine. You work in, ask if he or she is licensed, and when they say "no" you walk out. Others may not care; the old Italian guy who cuts hair in his garage and does a great job at it is fine for others.Licensing and certification is proof that you have been thoroughly trained in a specific field, and have mastered it to the extent that you are trusted to do it.
Even Uber requires you to have a driver's license and insurance. Also, it's clear that you have never been an Uber driver. There is definitely a "system" to driving Uber that ensures efficiency as there is to everything else.
Licensing only makes sense when the application of the profession involves the customer's wellbeing (medical services, high risk transportation like flying, etc.)
FreedomTo' is right to a point. Licensing (e.g. taxi medallions) is often a means for creating artificial scarcity of a service, thus keeping prices higher than they ought to be.