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

31 Pages Posted: 12 Dec 2015

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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: November 17, 2015

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, & liquor retail sales industry. A triple-difference analysis finds significant increases in average weekly hours in the treated industry. Since there is no significant employment increase, it appears that employers adjusted to remaining open one additional day per week by increasing hours of existing employees, rather than by hiring additional workers.

JEL Classification: C21, J23, L89, L38

Suggested Citation

Hotchkiss, Julie L. and Qi, Yanling, Impact of Allowing Sunday Alcohol Sales in Georgia on Employment and Hours (November 17, 2015). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 15-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2702479 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2702479

Julie L. Hotchkiss (Contact Author)

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