How sensitive are sports fans to unemployment?

J. James Reade, Jan C. Van Ours*

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Abstract

We analyse the 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.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages7
JournalApplied Economics Letters
Early online date7 Oct 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Bibliographical note

JEL CLASSIFICATION: C23, Z21, D12
Publisher Copyright:
© 2021 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

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