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A Fall Classic? Assessing the Economic Impact of the World Series

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  • Victor Matheson

    () (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Robert Baade

    () (Department of Economics and Business, Lake Forest College)

Abstract

An empirical analysis of the economic impact of the Major League Baseball’s postseason on host-city economies from 1972-2001 suggests that any economic benefits from the playoff are small or non-existent. An examination of 129 playoff series finds that any increase ineconomic growth as a result of the post-season is not statistically significantly different than zero and that a best guess of the economic impact is $6.8 million per home game. As a general method of economic development, public support of a baseball team’s attempt to reach the World Series should be seen as a gamble at best.

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  • Victor Matheson & Robert Baade, 2005. "A Fall Classic? Assessing the Economic Impact of the World Series," Working Papers 0501, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:0501
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    1. Dennis Coates & Craig A. Depken, II, 2008. "Do College Football Games Pay for Themselves? The Impact of College Football Games on Local Sales Tax Revenue," Working Papers 0802, International Association of Sports Economists;North American Association of Sports Economists.
    2. Dennis Coates & Craig A. Depken, II, 2006. "Mega-Events: Is the Texas-Baylor game to Waco what the Super Bowl is to Houston?," Working Papers 0606, International Association of Sports Economists;North American Association of Sports Economists.

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    Keywords

    baseball; impact analysis; World Series; sports; mega-event;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • R53 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Public Facility Location Analysis; Public Investment and Capital Stock

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