© 2015 The Ohio State University. We examine the macroeconomic effects of bidding for the Olympic Games using panel data for 188 countries during the period 1950-2009. Our findings confirm that economies react to news shocks: investment, consumption, and output significantly increase 9 to 7 years before the actual event in bidding countries. Hosting countries also experience significant increases in investment, consumption, and output 5 to 2 years before the hosting of the Games. Mapping the Olympics into a macroeconomic model, we show that we can match our empirical findings if we assume that an Olympic bid represents news about increases in government investment.
|Journal||Journal of money, credit and banking|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2015|
- Mega event
- News shocks