Deregulating Sunday Shop Policies

Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 06-003/3

39 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2006

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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: December 22, 2005

Abstract

Sunday shop opening is deregulated to the municipal level in the Netherlands. Despite positive effects on economic growth and employment, many municipalities restrict Sunday shop opening. Based on 2003 data we show that diverse local characteristics, like the size of municipalities and religious and political affiliation, play a major role in decisions about Sunday shop opening. The evidence is consistent with the hypothesis that municipal control over Sunday shopping hours results in a considerable variation in policies. As this variation is related to significant differences between municipalities, reasons exist to decentralize the decision on Sunday shopping opening.

Keywords: Sunday opening, economic regulation, decentralization

JEL Classification: D78, L51

Suggested Citation

Dijkgraaf, Elbert and Gradus, Raymond, Deregulating Sunday Shop Policies (December 22, 2005). Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper No. 06-003/3. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=875322 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.875322

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Raymond Gradus

The Netherlands Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment ( email )

Den Haag
Netherlands

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