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Do we need an economic impact study or a cost-benefit analysis of a sports event?


  • KÉSENNE, Stefan


In this paper, we try to show, using a simple numerical example of a fictive international sports event, that there is a fundamental difference between what is generally called an economic impact study of a sports event and a cost-benefit analysis. The difference is important because an economic impact study does not yield any argument for the government to subsidize the event. Only a cost-benefit analysis can provide the necessary information.

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  • KÉSENNE, Stefan, "undated". "Do we need an economic impact study or a cost-benefit analysis of a sports event?," Working Papers 2005018, University of Antwerp, Faculty of Applied Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:ant:wpaper:2005018

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    1. Bouvet, Patrice, 2013. "Les « retombées » des évènements sportifs sont-elles celles que l’on croit ?," Revue de la Régulation - Capitalisme, institutions, pouvoirs, Association Recherche et Régulation, vol. 13.
    2. Eric Barget & Sabine Chavinier-Réla, 2012. "The Economic Impact of friendly matches between national teams : the Case of the Handball Match France vs Slovakia," Ekonomika a Management, University of Economics, Prague, vol. 2012(3), pages 5-22.
    3. Fourie, Johan & Santana-Gallego, María, 2011. "The impact of mega-sport events on tourist arrivals," Tourism Management, Elsevier, vol. 32(6), pages 1364-1370.
    4. Stefan Kesenne, 2012. "The Economic Impact, Costs and Benefits of the FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games: Who Wins, Who Loses?," Chapters,in: International Handbook on the Economics of Mega Sporting Events, chapter 16 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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