Darwyyn Deyo

Senior Research Fellow

Darwyyn Deyo is a Senior Research Fellow with the Institute for Justice. She works with IJ staff and attorneys to identify and conduct original social science and policy research related to the Institute’s mission. She joined the Institute for Justice in January 2022.

Her research has appeared in academic journals such as Economics LettersThe American Journal of Managed CareThe Journal of Economics and Finance Education, The Journal of Private Enterprise, and the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. She has also presented her work at the American Economic Association Meetings and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. She has published editorials on occupational licensing in outlets such as The Orange County Register and The Detroit News.

She is also an Assistant Professor of Economics at San José State University and a Research Affiliate with the Knee Center for the Study of Occupational Regulation at West Virginia University.

Have license, will travel: Measuring the effects of universal licensing recognition on mobility

This paper presents the first empirical estimation of the effect of state universal licensing recognition (ULR) policies on migration.

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Darwyyn's Research & Reports

Occupational Licensing

License to Work 3

This third edition of IJ’s landmark License to Work report finds that for lower-income Americans, licensing continues to be widespread, burdensome and—frequently—irrational. It also provides a blueprint for meaningful licensing reform.