nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2008‒07‒30
two papers chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
Technical University of Lisbon

  1. Why did Spain win Euro 2008 Football Tournament? By HALICIOGLU, Ferda
  2. The Economic Impacts of Government Financing of the 2010 FIFA World Cup By Ramos Mabugu; Ahmed Mohamed

  1. By: HALICIOGLU, Ferda
    Abstract: This article analyses statistical reasoning of Spain’s Euro 2008 success. It argues that Spain success is related to its high level of domestic competition. This line argument was also supported with the examples from previous Euro football tournaments.
    Keywords: Football; competitive balance; ranking
    JEL: C10 L0
    Date: 2008
  2. By: Ramos Mabugu (Financial and Fiscal Commission); Ahmed Mohamed (IDASA)
    Abstract: This paper presents estimates of the economic impacts of financing the hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup by the government of South Africa. Ex ante analysis using a fiscal social accounting matrix model indicates that hosting of the event impacts positively on gross domestic product and imports. The positive impact on imports will, inter alia, lead to deterioration in the current account deficit for a given amount of exports. Owners of capital benefit more than owners of labour as a result of 2010 FIFA World Cup expenditures by the government. Middle-income Black households are the largest winners, followed by high-income Whites. Asians experience the least gain. These outcomes are explained by the initial factor endowments and their sectoral allocation in the social accounting matrix. Government revenue goes up in response to the demand injection, and a large proportion of it accrues to central government and local government respectively.
    Keywords: 2010 FIFA World Cup, Economic Impact, SAM Modelling, Legacy, South Africa
    JEL: C68 D58 L83
    Date: 2008

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