The Undertaker's Cut: Challenging the Rational Basis for Casket Licensure

Increasing the wages for people that are already members of a specific profession by limiting competition is more often the motivation to create licensing requirements. This detailed history and analysis of casket licensure contradicts the typical explanation that licensing is primarily meant to ensure quality and public safety.


Smith, D. J., & Trudeau, N. J. (2019). The Undertaker’s Cut: Challenging the Rational Basis for Casket Licensure. Journal of Private Enterprise, 34(2), 23–41. https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2781971

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