Contemporary Economic Policy

Articles from Vol. 25, No. 4, October

Are Athletes Doped? Some Theoretical Arguments and Empirical Evidence
Sports fans all over the world have recently witnessed an increasing number of spectacular doping cases, leading to considerable annoyance in the public. However, our knowledge regarding the prevalence of doping is still quite limited, leading some...
Contemporary Economic Policy 2006-2007 Editor's Report
Volume 24 published quarterly in 2006 was comprised of 45 articles (654 pages) and 88 authors and co-authors from a variety of topic areas as defined by the Journal of Economic Literature classification system. Table 1 Provides a distribution of articles...
Governance and Vertical Integration in Team Sports
1. INTRODUCTION A fundamental characteristic of modern sports is the adherence to a fixed set of rules. Rules imply governance, and the structure of governance in modern sports implies a set of relationships between those who devise and administer...
Guest Editors' Introduction: Sport and Public Policy
The world of sport, ranging from professional and amateur athletics to individual participation in active recreation, contains a surprisingly broad and rich array of public policy issues. Towns, school districts, states, and nations invest in facilities...
Participation in Physical Activity and Government Spending on Parks and Recreation
Physical inactivity is considered a major public health problem. We analyze participation in physical activity using data from a nationally representative sample of individuals in 1998 and 2000 augmented with additional state-level data on government...
Professional Sports, Hurricane Katrina, and the Economic Redevelopment of New Orleans
Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans in late August 2005, resulting in damage to much of the city's sports infrastructure and the departure of both of New Orleans' major-league professional sports teams, the National Football League...
Social Interactions and the Demand for Sport: An Economic Analysis
This paper explores the decision to participate in sports activities in the United Kingdom and the subsequent frequency of participation. The paper draws links between economic and other theories of social interaction to motivate the discussion and...
Stadiums and Arenas: Economic Development or Economic Redistribution?
This article explores the literature on the impact of professional sports teams and stadiums on their host communities. A large body of research has addressed these issues, some of it academic and much of it for hire by team and sport boosters. The...
The Correlation of Youth Physical Activity with State Policies
Childhood overweight has risen dramatically in the United States during the past three decades. The search for policy solutions is limited by a lack of evidence regarding the effectiveness of state policies for increasing physical activity among youths....
The Impact of Stadium Announcements on Residential Properity Values: Evidence from a Natural Experiment in Dallas-Fort Worth
1. INTRODUCTION Public expenditures on a project, and the requisite public taxation, may be economically justified if the benefits from the project outweigh the costs. Most public projects, such as parks, roads, and police, have public good or external...
The Income Tax Responsiveness of the Rich: Evidence from Free Agent Major League Baseball All-Stars
1. INTRODUCTION Policy revolving around the taxation of the rich is frequently a topic of both positive and normative debate. On the normative side, the issues of tax code progressiveness and tax burden equity typically dominate the discussion of...
Title IX and the Evolution of High School Sports
The passage of Title IX, the 1972 Education Amendments to the Civil Rights Act, expanded high school athletic opportunities to include girls, revolutionizing mass sports participation in the United States. This paper analyzes high school athletic participation...
Willingness to Pay for Amateur Sport and Recreation Programs
A contingent valuation method (CVM) survey in Alberta, Canada, allows estimation of the household willingness to pay (WTP) for enhancements in the province's extensive sport and recreation programs. The estimated annual WTP of $18 per household for...
World Cup 2010: South African Economic Perspectives and Policy Challenges Informed by the Experience of Germany 2006; Wolfgang Maennig and Stan Du Plessis *
The paper provides an ex post analysis of the financial burden and economic benefits of the World Cup (WC) in Germany 2006. Based on the usual cost-benefit measures, the experience of WC 2006 appears to be in line with existing empirical research on...
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