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The causal economic effects of Olympic Games on host regions
Regional Science and Urban Economics, 2021, 88, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.regsciurbeco.2021.103673
This paper is the first to study the effects of hosting Olympic Games on regional economic output beyond population dynamics. For identification, runners-up in the Olympic bidding process are used to construct the counterfactual for Olympic host regions. In the short run, hosting Summer Olympics boosts regional GDP per capita by about 3 to 4 percentage points relative to the national level in the year of the event and the year before. There is also evidence for positive long-run effects, but results on the latter are not statistically robust. In contrast, Winter Olympics do not have a positive impact on host regions. If anything, they lead to a temporal decline in regional GDP per capita in the years around the event.
JEL-Codes:H54, O18, R11, R53, R58, Z28, Z38
Keywords:Olympic Games, Mega events, Public infrastructure, Regional development, Causal effects, Sports economics
Forschungsbereich:Strukturwandel und Regionalentwicklung