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The Labor Market Effects of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics

  • Robert Baumann


    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Bryan Engelhardt


    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

  • Victor Matheson


    (Department of Economics, College of the Holy Cross)

The local, state, and federal governments, along with the Salt Lake City Organizing Committee, spent roughly $1.9 billion in direct costs related to planning and hosting the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. In this paper, we investigate whether these expenditures increased employment. At the state level, we find strong evidence it increased employment in leisure related industries in the short run and potentially in the long run. However, the results indicate it had no long term impact on employment in retail trade or in the overall economy.

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Paper provided by College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 1002.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
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Handle: RePEc:hcx:wpaper:1002
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