Graduation Year


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Economics and Global Studies

Program or Major


Faculty Advisor

Brian Volz


In this paper, I am going to discuss the major differences between the sports boosters' pregame estimates compared to the economists' post game analysis. In my research, I analyze all 32 cities with an NFL team over the most recent 20 years to see if there is a significant impact on the host's economy. This research will show if increasing local taxes in order to host the game yields an increase in per capita GDP after the game. Tax payers accept higher tax rates under the impression that, after the game, their city will reap massive benefits from hosting the game. My results will either justify the increase in taxes for local citizens, suggest that citizens have no reason to accept a higher tax rate, or show that there is more research that needs to be done on this topic.