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Wage and Employment Effects of the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996 Reconsidered

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  • Arne Feddersen

    () (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)

  • Wolfgang Maennig

    () (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)

Abstract

We estimate the economic effects of the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Our difference in difference model checks for serial correlation and allows for a simultaneous test of level and trend effects, but otherwise follows HOTCHKISS, MOORE, & ZOBAY (2003) in this journal. We were not able to reconfirm their finding that the Games had significant positive employment effects. We do, however, reaffirm their result of no significant wage effects.

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  • Arne Feddersen & Wolfgang Maennig, 2009. "Wage and Employment Effects of the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996 Reconsidered," Working Papers 025, Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg.
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    1. Wiker, Dagmara, 2015. "The impact of Euro 2012 on employment and wages in Poland," MPRA Paper 82602, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 23 Nov 2017.
    2. Douglas Barrios & Stuart Russell & Matt Andrews, 2016. "Bringing Home the Gold? A Review of the Economic Impact of Hosting Mega-Events," CID Working Papers 320, Center for International Development at Harvard University.

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    Keywords

    Olympic Games; Sports Economics; Mega Events;

    JEL classification:

    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures
    • R12 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Size and Spatial Distributions of Regional Economic Activity; Interregional Trade (economic geography)
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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