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Effect of the Service Directive on Wholesale and Retail Companies: Diff in Diff in Diff Evidence

Vojtech Olbrecht ()

No 2016-61, MENDELU Working Papers in Business and Economics from Mendel University in Brno, Faculty of Business and Economics

Abstract: The Service Directive puts into motion the free movement of service, one of the milestones of the Single Market of the European Union. Though very ambitious at its draft, several adjustments have been made and it is argued whether the final Directive is helpful at all. This article aims to answer the question by focusing on productivity of affected companies with use of two distinct control groups and employing Difference-in-difference-in-difference design on firm-level data. The article finds that the Service Directive significantly increased productivity of companies though the results cannot be labelled as profoundly causal as is further discussed in the article.

Keywords: Service Directive; European Union; Difference-in-Difference-in-Difference; Law and Economics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: K20 K33 O12 O24 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19
Date: 2016-11
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