When Do People Demand Services? A Microsimulation Model for Alternative Shopping Hours with Data from the German Time Use Survey, ServSim

FFB-Diskussionspapier Nr. 70

86 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2008 Last revised: 14 May 2009

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Joachim Merz

Research Institute on Professions; Leuphana University of Lueneburg; Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Paul Böhm

Research Institute on Professions

Henning Stolze

Research Institute on Professions / Leuphana University

Rafael Rucha

Research Institute on Professions

D Hanglberger

Date Written: April 1, 2007

Abstract

The objective of this study is the empirical founded analysis of the daily demand for service activities, over the hours of the day. Our microdata base consists of time-diaries of the nation wide Time Use Survey 2001/2002 of the German Federal Statistical Office. The frame for this analysis are new shopping hours regulations in Germany. After an illustration of the historical development of shopping hours in Germany and after a short discussion of the liberalization of shopping hours we describe the daily structure of the demand for service activities. We analyze the demand structure for two alternative scenarios and for important socio-economic groups of the society on the basis of our new microsimulation model ServSim. Background of these two scenarios are population projections for the years 2010 and 2020 which were conducted by the Federal Statistical Office Germany. These projections were used to adjust (reweight) the data by a 'static-aging'-approach. The multivariate explanation of the demand for service activities inconducted. The descriptive results, the microeconometric estimation outcomes and the Microsimulation results show clear distinctions of the daily demand in particular against the background of socio-economic groups of the society.

Note: Downloadable document is in German.

Keywords: daily demand, shopping hours, service activities, German Time Use Survey 2001/2002, rare-events-logit, microsimulation model ServSim

JEL Classification: J29, R22, C15

Suggested Citation

Merz, Joachim and Böhm, Paul and Stolze, Henning and Rucha, Rafael and Hanglberger, D, When Do People Demand Services? A Microsimulation Model for Alternative Shopping Hours with Data from the German Time Use Survey, ServSim (April 1, 2007). FFB-Diskussionspapier Nr. 70, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1307609 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1307609

Joachim Merz (Contact Author)

Research Institute on Professions ( email )

Lüneburg
Germany

Leuphana University of Lueneburg

Scharnhorststrasse 1
Lüneburg, 21314
Germany

Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Paul Böhm

Research Institute on Professions ( email )

Lüneburg
Germany

Henning Stolze

Research Institute on Professions / Leuphana University ( email )

Lüneburg
Germany

Rafael Rucha

Research Institute on Professions ( email )

Lüneburg
Germany

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