De Economist

, Volume 155, Issue 2, pp 207–219 | Cite as

Explaining Sunday Shop Policies

  • Elbert DijkgraafEmail author
  • Raymond Gradus
Open Access


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 will show that diverse local characteristics, as 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 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.


economic regulation decentralization Sunday opening 

JEL Code(s)

D78 L51 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.SEOR-ECRiErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Tinbergen InstituteErasmus University RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Vrije Universiteit AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Erasmus University Rotterdam (ECRi)RotterdamThe Netherlands

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