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Labor Market Effects of the World Cup: A Sectoral Analysis

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  • Robert Baumann

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    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Bryan Engelhardt

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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 impact the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the United States on local employment. In contrast to ex ante economic impact reports that suggest large increases in employment due to the tournament, an ex post examination of employment in 9 host metropolitan areas finds no significant impact on employment from hosting World Cup games. Furthermore, an analysis of employment in specific sectors of the economy finds no impact from hosting games on employment in the leisure and hospitality and professional and business services sectors but a statistically significant negative impact on employment in the retail trade sector.

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Paper provided by International Association of Sports Economists & North American Association of Sports Economists in its series Working Papers with number 1113.

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Length: 24 pages
Date of creation: May 2011
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Handle: RePEc:spe:wpaper:1113

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Keywords: World Cup; soccer; impact analysis; mega-event; tourism;

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  1. Victor Matheson, 2012. "Assessing the infrastructure impact of mega-events in emerging economies," Working Papers 1203, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  2. Robert Baumann & Victor Matheson, 2013. "Infrastructure Investments and Mega-Sports Events: Comparing the Experience of Developing and Industrialized Countries," Working Papers 1305, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.

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