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The Impact of Repealing Sunday Closing Laws on Educational Attainment

  • Dara N. Lee
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    Adolescents face daily tradeoffs between human capital investment, labor, and leisure. This paper exploits state variation in the repeal of Sunday closing laws to examine the impact of a distinct and plausibly exogenous rise in the quantity of competing diversions available to youth on their educational attainment. The results suggest that the repeals led to a significant decline in both years of education and the probability of high school completion. I explore increased employment and risky behaviors as potential mechanisms. Further, I find a corresponding decline of the repeals on adult wages.

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    Article provided by University of Wisconsin Press in its journal Journal of Human Resources.

    Volume (Year): 48 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 286-310

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    Handle: RePEc:uwp:jhriss:v:48:y:2013:ii:1:p:286-310
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