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How sensitive are sports fans to unemployment?

Reade, J. ORCID: and van Ours, J. (2021) How sensitive are sports fans to unemployment? Applied Economics Letters. ISSN 1466-4291

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1080/13504851.2021.1985064


We analyze attendance of professional football matches in England finding that it is related to unemployment over a very long period of time. More unemployment leads to lower attendances. Distinguishing between leagues, we find that the relationship is larger for lower leagues, i.e. attendances of lower quality football events are more sensitive to fluctuations in unemployment.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Arts, Humanities and Social Science > School of Politics, Economics and International Relations > Economics
ID Code:100328
Publisher:Taylor & Francis

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