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IMPACTS OF THE GREAT RECESSION ON SPORT: EVIDENCE FROM ENGLISH FOOTBALL LEAGUE ATTENDANCE DEMAND

Babatunde Buraimo (), Giuseppe Migali and Rob Simmons

No 202019, Working Papers from University of Liverpool, Department of Economics

Abstract: This paper investigates the impact of the 2007-09 Great Recession on attendance demand in the English Football League. We identify causal effects of variations in local unemployment rates on club matchday attendances using a difference-in-difference methodology applied to specific treatment and control group clubs categorised according to severity of local unemployment increase during the recession period. We find that treatment clubs in tiers 3 and 4 suffered an attendance reduction of around 9 per cent purely through rising unemployment in local areas close to clubs’ stadia after controlling for a large set of confounding influences. This result is robust to several alternative specifications.

Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2020-06
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