A Sporting Chance
Putting a Spotlight on Sports and Economics
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March 26, 2010
South Africa is preparing to host the soccer World Cup in June while memories of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games melt away in Vancouver. Finance & Development magazine took the opportunity in its latest issue to look at the intersection of sports and economics.
Countries invest huge amounts of money when bidding for the privilege of hosting major sports events. The glory of being in the global spotlight for a week or two is irresistible.
But this isn’t always a rational decision. Plans to rejuvenate a city can turn into regrets complete with white elephants in the form of unused stadiums. Other countries benefit from these events without the financial and administrative burden of hosting. And just bidding can be enough to let the rest of the world you’re ready to step onto the international stage.
Prize or Penalty
Sports events like the soccer World Cup stimulate trade around the world and spotlight the host country. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2010/03/clift.htm
Is It Worth It?
Hosting the Olympic Games and other mega sporting events is an honor many countries aspire to—but why? http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2010/03/zimbalist.htm
The Olympic Trade Effect
Andrew K. Rose and Mark M. Spiegel
Countries that bid for the Olympics are sending a signal that they are ready to open up trade. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2010/03/rose.htm
A Lucky Start
Shekhar Aiyar and Rodney Ramcharan
If life is like cricket, then the luck of a good first job matters a lot in a successful career. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2010/03/aiyar.htm
Heiko Hesse, former pro soccer player, reviews this book by Simon Kuper and Stefan Szymanski on “the world’s most popular sport.” http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/fandd/2010/03/books.htm#4