The Economic Impact of Stadia and Teams: The Case of Minor League Baseball
Journal of Sports Economics, 14(3), 227-252
Posted: 29 Sep 2013
Date Written: June 1, 2013
This article uses an extensive unique data set to investigate the efficiency of government subsidies for minor league baseball teams and stadiums by measuring pecuniary gains in a local economy. Specifically, a dynamic panel data model incorporating 238 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) that hosted affiliated or independent minor league teams between 1985 and 2006 shows that AAA teams, AB teams, AA stadiums, and rookie stadiums are all associated with significant positive effects on the change in local per capita income. The presence of positive effects is strikingly different from decades of non-positive results at the major league level.
Keywords: economic impact, minor league baseball, efficiency, sports stadiums
JEL Classification: L83, H23
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