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Rejecting “Conventional” Wisdom: Estimating the Economic Impact of National Political Conventions

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  • Robert Baade

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    (Department of Economics and Business, Lake Forest College)

  • Robert Baumann

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Victor Matheson

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

Abstract

This paper provides an empirical examination of the economic impact of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions on local economies. Our analysis from 1970-2005 of the 50 largest metropolitan areas in the country, including all cities that have hosted one of the national conventions during this time period, finds that the presence of the Republican or the Democratic National Convention has no discernable impact on employment, personal income, or personal income per capita in the cities where the events were held confirming the results of other ex post analyses of mega-events.

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Paper provided by College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0804.

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Length: 19 pages
Date of creation: Apr 2008
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Publication status: Published in Eastern Economic Journal, Vol. 35:4, Fall 2009, 520-530.
Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:0804

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  1. Robert Baumann & Bryan Engelhardt & Victor Matheson, 2009. "Hail to the Chief: Assessing the Economic Impact of Presidential Inaugurations on the Washington, D.C. Local Economy," Working Papers 0901, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.

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