The economic dimension of the Olympic Games / Holger Preuss

Preuss, Holger

Edited by Centre d’Estudis Olímpics (UAB). Bellaterra - 2010

The economic dimension of the Olympic Games is not easy to measure. On the one hand globalisation has increased the revenues of the Games which, vice versa, supports sports systems all over the world. On the other hand there is no tendency to describe the economic dimension of Olympic Games. There are "cheap" Games such as those from Los Angeles 1984 and Atlanta 1996 and "expensive" Games such as Barcelona 1992, Athens 2004 or Beijing 2008. These Games affect the economy of their country differently. First the Olympic Games will be compared with basic economic indicators of national accounts in order to demonstrate their economic importance for the host country, which is not very big. Then the Games are compared with other major sport event which shows their huge economic dimension. Later this lesson will focus on the two dimensions "time" and "space". "Time" is important in order to describe the duration of economic impulses of a single Games.

A for another edition on the same support: La dimensión económica de los Juegos Olímpicos

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