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Book Review: The Economics of Staging the Olympics: A Comparison of the Games 1972-2008, by Holger Preuss


  • Victor Matheson

    () (College of Holy Cross)


There is no bigger event in the world of sports than the quandrennial Summer Olympic Games. In recent years, the competition among cities to host the Games has been as vigorous as that among the athletes themselves. But why would a city wish to take on the financial burden and risk of hosting the Olympics? Holger Preuss takes the most comprehensive look to date at the economic, social, and political costs and benefits of hosting the Games in his book The Economics of Staging the Olympics: A Comparison of the Games 1972–2008.

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  • Victor Matheson, 2008. "Book Review: The Economics of Staging the Olympics: A Comparison of the Games 1972-2008, by Holger Preuss," International Journal of Sport Finance, Fitness Information Technology, vol. 3(1), pages 74-76, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:jsf:intjsf:v:3:y:2008:i:1:p:74-76

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    1. Carlino, Gerald & Coulson, N. Edward, 2004. "Compensating differentials and the social benefits of the NFL," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 56(1), pages 25-50, July.
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    Olympics; book review; staging; economic benefits;

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    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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