The author thanks Eva Marikova Leeds, Stacey Brook, Hugh Rockoff, Phillip Porter, session participants at the Western Economic Association International 81st annual conference, San Diego, June 30, 2006, in a session organized by David Berri, California State University, Bakersfield, session participants at the 2006 Southern Economic Association meetings, and two anonymous referees for their helpful suggestions. Daniel Leeds provided excellent research assistance.
DO GOOD OLYMPICS MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS?
Article first published online: 17 OCT 2007
© 2008 Western Economic Association International
Contemporary Economic Policy
Volume 26, Issue 3, pages 460–467, July 2008
How to Cite
LEEDS, M. A. (2008), DO GOOD OLYMPICS MAKE GOOD NEIGHBORS?. Contemporary Economic Policy, 26: 460–467. doi: 10.1111/j.1465-7287.2007.00067.x
- Issue published online: 8 JUL 2008
- Article first published online: 17 OCT 2007
- Online Early publication October 17, 2008
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