Is it the economy, stupid? The role of social versus economic factors in people’s support for hosting the Olympic Games: Evidence from 12 democratic countries

Streicher, Tobias, Schmidt, Sascha, Schreyer, Dominik, & Torgler, Benno (2016) Is it the economy, stupid? The role of social versus economic factors in people’s support for hosting the Olympic Games: Evidence from 12 democratic countries. Applied Economics Letters. (In Press)

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Abstract

Public referenda have gained momentum as a democratic tool to legitimize public mega projects such as hosting the Olympic Games. Interest groups in favour of hosting the Olympics therefore try to influence voters through public campaigns that primarily focus on economic benefits. However, recent studies find no or hardly any economic impact of hosting the Olympics, instead providing evidence for a positive social impact. This raises the question whether citizens consider economic or social factors when deciding on hosting the Olympics. Based on representative survey data from 12 countries, our results suggest that economic factors can influence voting behaviour, although the influence of social factors is stronger.

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ID Code: 95382
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Bid, campaigns, host, mega sport events, Olympic Games, public referenda
DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2016.1173175
ISSN: 1466-4291
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 05 May 2016 00:36
Last Modified: 06 May 2016 00:38

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