Syed Basher, 24 December 2010

The controversial decision to grant the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Qatar is set to provide the country with billions of dollars of revenue. This column argues that one overlooked consequence will be inflationary pressure and suggests “World Cup bonds”, among other tools, could help Qatar keep price rises in check.

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.

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