Impact of Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales in Georgia on Employment and Hours

34 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2015 Last revised: 30 Aug 2017

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Julie L. Hotchkiss

Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Georgia State University - Department of Economics

Yanling Qi

California State University, Long Beach

Date Written: 2015-11-01

Abstract

This paper uses differential timing across counties of the removal of restrictions on Sunday alcohol sales in the state of Georgia to determine whether the change had an impact on employment and hours in the beer, wine, and liquor retail sales industry. A triple-difference (DDD) analysis finds significant relative increases in average weekly hours in the treated industry. There is no significant relative employment increase. The DDD hours result is stronger when we limit the counties removing restrictions to those that border states with significantly higher alcohol excise taxes.

Keywords: difference-in-difference, triple difference, alcohol sales restrictions, blue laws, border effects, QCEW, ES202

JEL Classification: C21, L38, L89

Suggested Citation

Hotchkiss, Julie L. and Qi, Yanling, Impact of Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales in Georgia on Employment and Hours (2015-11-01). FRB Atlanta Working Paper No. 2015-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2685577

Julie L. Hotchkiss (Contact Author)

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