Masayuki Morikawa, 21 October 2017

Studies predicting a substantial impact of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games on the Japanese economy have tended to overlook substitution effects in spending as well as the characteristics of those who are expected to increase their spending. This column uses a survey of 10,000 consumers across Japan to examine the net impact on consumer spending. While the majority expect no significant change in their consumption expenditures, a greater share of respondents expect a net increase than a net decrease. In general, people in their 20s and 30s, high-income earners, those with higher educational attainment, and households with at least one pre-school child expect a net increase in consumption expenditures.

Alan Manning, Barbara Petrongolo, 03 August 2012

Will the London Olympics provide a major boost for employment in Stratford, as promised? This column presents evidence from a study in the UK, which, if applied to the Olympics, suggests that we shouldn’t count on it – many of the jobs will go to other Londoners.

Andrew Rose, 16 April 2009

Hosting “mega-events” like the Olympics or World Cup is very costly and seems to yield few tangible benefits. But this column presents evidence suggesting that hosting such events has a positive impact on national exports – trade is around 30% higher for countries that have hosted the Olympics. It suggests that bidding to host the Olympics or World Cup may signal trade liberalisation.