nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2011‒04‒02
three papers chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
University of Beira Interior and Technical University of Lisbon

  1. The closer the sportier? Children's sport activity and their distance to sport facilities By Steinmayr, Andreas; Felfe, Christina; Lechner, Michael
  2. Comment on “Investigating Allegations of Pointshaving in NCAA Basketball Using Actual Sportsbook Betting Percentages” By George Diemer
  3. For an Olive Wreath? Olympic Games and Anticipation Effects in Macroeconomics By Markus Bruckner; Evi Pappa

  1. By: Steinmayr, Andreas; Felfe, Christina; Lechner, Michael
    Abstract: We investigate whether the distance between the next sport facilities and children's homes matter for their sports activities inside and outside of sport clubs. Our analysis is based on a large and informative cross-section of individual data of children and their families, the so-called KIGGS data. We use a semiparametric econometric method to investigate this relationship empirically. Our results suggest that while the distance does not matter in larger towns and cities, it does matter in smaller towns and in particular on the countryside.
    Keywords: Sport activities of children, KIGGS data, propensity score matching methods.
    JEL: I12 H42
    Date: 2011–02
  2. By: George Diemer (Department of Economics, Temple University)
    Abstract: A recent article by Paul and Weinbach (2011) has two objectives. The first is to reject the conventional wisdom that sports books operate by balancing the action on the games. The second objective of Paul and Weinbach is to investigate point shaving. This second section of the paper falls short in recognizing the incentive to decrease detection, incomplete treatment of previous literature, logistics and methodology.
    Keywords: Gambling, Sports, Betting, Efficient Markets
    JEL: G14 K42
    Date: 2011–03
  3. By: Markus Bruckner (School of Economics, University of Adelaide); Evi Pappa (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
    Abstract: We examine the effects that hosting and bidding for the Olympic Games has on macroeconomic outcomes in a panel of 184 countries spanning the period 1950-2006. Actual hosting of the Games generates positive investment, consumption, and output responses before, during, and after hosting. We detect anticipation effects: (i) bidding for the Olympic Games generates positive investment, consumption, and output responses at the time of the bidding; (ii) bidding for the Games has a transitory level effect. We confirm the presence of legacy effects: hosting the Games has a permanent level effect.
    Keywords: mega-events, anticipation effects, demand shocks
    JEL: C21 E62 E65
    Date: 2011–03

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