Andrew Zimbalist

Andrew ZimbalistAndrew Zimbalist is the Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College. He has consulted widely in the sports industry and in economic development and has published 24 books. His latest book is Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and the World Cup. Brookings Institution Press, February 2015.

Papers Published in World Economics:

The Illusory Economic Gains from Hosting the Olympics & World Cup

The IOC's Olympic Games and FIFA's World Cup are the two most popular global sporting events. Winning the rights to host these competitions comes with great fanfare. Yet except under special circumstances, the scholarly evidence suggests that hosting either event is no economic bargain for the host city or country. Short-run costs for venue construction and operations invariably exceed Games-related revenues by billions of dollars and long-term gains are elusive. The bidding process to host is structured such that a monopolist auctions off the rights to a world of competitors. The top bidder is likely to experience a winner's curse.

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