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This paper provides an overview of the economics of sports mega-events as well as a review of the existing literature in the field. The paper describes why boosters’ ex ante estimates of the economic impact of large sporting events tend to exaggerate the net economic benefits of these events and surveys the results of a large number of ex post studies of exploring the true impact of mega-events.
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Matheson, Victor, "Mega-Events: The effect of the world’s biggest sporting events on local, regional, and national economies" (2006). Economics Department Working Papers. Paper 68.