The Economic Impact of Olympic Games: Effects of Host Country Announcements on Stock Market Returns

Bryan Engelhardt
Victor Matheson
Alex Yen
and Maxwell Chisolm

Roughly seven years before an Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) accepts bids from countries to host an Olympics. Subsequently, the IOC deter-mines and announces to the world who has won (and lost) the right to host. Contrary to prior evidence, we find the announcements do not affect the bidding countries’ stock markets. We complement prior studies by including additional, more recent, years of announcements, by investigating whether there are effects prior to the announcement, and by testing for an effect both parametrically and nonparametrically.

JEL Codes: G14, L83, O18, R53, Z20

Open Access