Referenda, Sports, and Entertainment Management

Brady P. Horn
Rodney Fort

Referendum voting outcomes have proven informative about economic behavior in many areas of government spending. Primarily, analysis has been in education, health care, and nuclear power, but there is a growing literature in sports and entertainment economics. The economic analysis of voting outcomes has also proven effective in understanding the motivations of voters, sport and entertainment fans and non-fans, and politicians. This is true of what used to be referred to as “stand alone” facilities, and the growing modern approach that includes sport and entertainment facilities as part of much larger real estate or entertainment complex development.