Assessing the infrastructure impact of mega-events in emerging economies

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College of the Holy Cross
Available from: 
September 2012
Paper author(s): 
Victor A. Matheson
Topic: 
Infraestructure - Transport - Water
Year: 
2012

Developing countries that host mega-events such as the Olympic Games and World Cup invest enormous sums in stadiums and collateral infrastructure projects. The rapid investment in long-lasting physical stocks raises questions of equity and efficiency for national taxpayers and event attendees. This paper reviews several cases of historical and recent mega-events to assess the infrastructure costs, returns on infrastructure investments, and impacts of the events on urban development patterns. It will highlight cases where mega-event investments contributed to long term economic growth.

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