Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/86473
Authors: 
Dijkgraaf, E.
Gradus, R.H.J.M.
Year of Publication: 
2006
Series/Report no.: 
Tinbergen Institute Discussion Paper 06-003/3
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.
Subjects: 
Sunday opening
economic regulation
decentralization
JEL: 
D78
L51
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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