The Impact of Repealing Sunday Closing Laws on Educational Attainment

40 Pages Posted: 7 Oct 2011 Last revised: 6 Nov 2013

Date Written: June 22, 2012

Abstract

Adolescents face daily trade-offs between human capital investment, labor, and leisure. This paper exploits state variation in the repeal of Sunday closing laws to examine the impact of a distinct and plausibly exogenous rise in the quantity of competing diversions available to youth on their educational attainment. The results suggest that the repeals led to a significant decline in both years of education and the probability of high school completion. I explore increased employment opportunities and risky behaviors as potential mechanisms. Further, I find a corresponding decline of the repeals on adult wages.

Keywords: human capital investment, youth labor supply, blue laws

JEL Classification: I21, J13, J22

Suggested Citation

Luca, Dara Lee, The Impact of Repealing Sunday Closing Laws on Educational Attainment (June 22, 2012). Journal of Human Resources, 2013, 48(2): 286-310., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1939588 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1939588

Dara Lee Luca (Contact Author)

Mathematica Policy Research ( email )

P.O. Box 2393
Princeton, NJ 08543-2393
United States

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