Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Finance and Economics
College of Business
Research has not shown any proven long-term positive economic impacts directly resulting from hosting the FIFA World Cup; however, the intangible "feel good" factor has been hypothesized to bring positive effects to a country and its individual residents. This is one variable that has shown to have some positive effect on a host country, but its benefit is usually short-lived and commonly overlooked by researchers (Kavetsos and Szymanski, 2010). If questions on how to measure this factor could be answered, researchers would better be able to address the overall economic impact. Based on analysis of the South African economy, South Africa, host of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is doomed to experience similar economic and social impacts that have plagued previous tournament hosts.
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Schohl, Colleen A., "Ole, Ole… Oh No? The Economic and Social Impacts the FIFA World Cup has on its Host Countries and how South Africa, the 2010 Host, May Be Affected" (2011). Honors Theses. 129.