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Previous research has concluded that the 1981 and 1994/95 Major League Baseball (MLB) strikes have caused short-term losses in attendance but have not resulted in any long-term effects on attendance. While total attendance at MLB games following the 1994/95 strike has recovered to its pre-strike levels, this has been done only through the construction of new stadiums at an unprecedented pace which cannot continue into the future. After accounting for stadium effects, average MLB baseball attendance has dropped significantly since the 1994/95 strike.
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Matheson, Victor, "The Effects of Labor Strikes on Consumer Demand: A Re-examination of Major League Baseball" (2004). Economics Department Working Papers. Paper 101.
This article was published as: Matheson, V. (2006). The Effects of Labor Strikes on Consumer Demand: A Re-examination of Major League Baseball. Applied Economics, 38(10), pp. 1173-1179.