DP16171 How Sensitive are Sports Fans to Unemployment?
|Author(s):||James Reade, Jan C. van Ours|
|Publication Date:||May 2021|
|Keyword(s):||English football, Stadium attendance, unemployment|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
|Link to this Page:||cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=16171|
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. attendance of lower quality football events are more sensitive to fluctuations in unemployment.