'Twas four weeks before Christmas: Retail sales and the length of the Christmas shopping season
I study the effect of the length of the Christmas "shopping season" in the United States (traditionally, beginning the day after US Thanksgiving) on aggregate retail sales. I find a statistically significant increase in per-capita retail sales in November and December (combined) of approximately $6.50 per additional day over the relevant range. The implications of these finding are briefly discussed. Classification-JEL: L81, D12
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