Explaining Sunday Shop Policies

27 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2005

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Elbert Dijkgraaf

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) - Erasmus School of Economics (ESE); Erasmus University Rotterdam, SEOR-ECRi

Raymond Gradus

The Netherlands Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment

Date Written: January 2004

Abstract

Dutch municipalities have the right to decide on Sunday shop opening hours since 1996. Despite positive effects on economic growth and employment, many municipalities restrict Sunday trading in one way or another. Based on 2003 data we show that especially religious and political afilliation, regional differences and the size of the municipalities explain the variation between municipalities. The number and size of shops and household characteristics are significant although their influence seems to be smaller. There is less evidence that excessive competition with neighbouring municipalities induces shop opening on Sundays, although cross-border shopping seems to play a role. Population density has no effect.

Keywords: Sunday opening, economic regulation, probit estimation

JEL Classification: R50

Suggested Citation

Dijkgraaf, Elbert and Gradus, Raymond, Explaining Sunday Shop Policies (January 2004). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=703965 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.703965

Elbert Dijkgraaf (Contact Author)

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Raymond Gradus

The Netherlands Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment ( email )

Den Haag
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