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National well-being and international sports events

Kavetsos, Georgios and Szymanski, Stefan (2010) National well-being and international sports events. Journal of Economic Psychology, 31 (2). pp. 158-171. ISSN 0167-4870

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Abstract

The widely proclaimed economic benefits of hosting major sporting events have received substantial criticism by academic economists and have been shown to be negligible, at best. The aim of this paper is to formally examine the existence of another potential impact: national well-being or the so-called “feelgood” factor. Using data on self-reported life satisfaction for twelve European countries we test for the impact of hosting and of national athletic success on happiness. Our data covers three different major events: the Olympic Games, the FIFA World Cup and the UEFA European Championship. We find that the “feelgood” factor associated with hosting football events is large and significant, but that the impact of national athletic success on happiness, while correctly signed, is statistically insignificant.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-econom...
Additional Information: © 2009 Elsevier B.V.
Library of Congress subject classification: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2012 16:15
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/41990/

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