nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2015‒12‒08
two papers chosen by
João Carlos Correia Leitão
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. The approach of the host cities to the issue of managing the stadiums following Euro 2012 By Bornah, Mathew
  2. Pitching a Level Playing Field: Women and Leadership in Sports By Barbara Kotschwar; Tyler Moran

  1. By: Bornah, Mathew
    Abstract: Until recently, most mega sports events were held by wealthy industrialised countries. Because of the high costs involved in the preparation of such projects, insufficiently developed sports and other infrastructure and the absence of appropriate legal basis, hosting such events was beyond the reach of developing countries. The beginning of the 21st century brought significant changes in this respect. On the one hand, countries with relatively weaker economies, aware of the benefits involved, submitted their bids more readily. On the other hand, institutions responsible for the selection of the host country began to promote less wealthy countries or those in the process of economic transformation, in order to provide a stimulus for development. Within less than a decade there have been a number of examples of sporting event hosts that confirmed the current trend, such as: Euro 2004 in Portugal, 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, the decision concerning the staging of the FIFA World Cup in 2010 or, finally, Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine.
    Keywords: Euro 2012; Mega sporting event
    JEL: G1 G10
    Date: 2015–12–04
  2. By: Barbara Kotschwar (Peterson Institute for International Economics); Tyler Moran (Peterson Institute for International Economics)
    Abstract: While women’s presence in the leadership ranks of international sporting bodies has increased over the past decade, women continue to be underrepresented relative to their involvement in sports. Seeing qualified women in sports leadership positions can serve as a strong motivator for female athletes, which is important given the strong link between girls’ participation in sports and positive outcomes in education, health, and positioning in the workforce. The important multiplier effects that sports can have for girls and women, and the important effects that positive female outcomes can have for economic growth, makes promoting gender equality in sports leadership a wise societal investment.
    Date: 2015–12

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