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The bidding paradox: why rational politicians still want to bid for mega sports events

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  • Michiel de Nooij

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  • Marcel van den Berg

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This paper discusses reasons why politicians still favor hosting mega events despite the discouraging evidence regarding their financial benefits: (1) early political enthusiasm, (2) tying side-projects to the bid to raise political support, (3) biased reading of history, (4) the winners curse, (5) redistribution and lobbying, (6) a media bias in favor of hosting and (7) boosting happiness and pride of residents. Bringing happiness to the people might be a valid reason for hosting a mega event, however, economists are yet insufficiently capable of capturing this effect. Moreover, alternative explanations for political support cannot be deemed invalid ex ante.

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Paper provided by Utrecht School of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 13-08.

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Length: 30 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2013
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Handle: RePEc:use:tkiwps:1308

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Keywords: Bidding; Bidding; mega sport events; Olympic games; lobbying; happiness;

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