Joseph Coletti’s post this morning on “Can barbers spur local economic growth?” brought several things to my mind:

  • One: Barbers are frequently self-employed entrepreneurs.
  • Two: The job of barber is generally a lower-income occupation.
  • Three: Barbers need an occupational license to work, which artificially limits the supply of barbers, most likely the supply of barbers in low-income areas.
  • Four: Entrepreneurship in low-income areas is doubly important because it not only brings in additional income to the entrepreneur, but also needed goods and services to the area.

So I find it instructive that access to a local barber would keep that economic activity in the community instead of a barbershop being part of the occasional trip to far-off “big box” stores. And that leads me to one other thought: