The Lure of New Jobs: How Framing Impacts Perceptions of Local Subsidies for Sports Teams

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Abstract

Municipalities often use public funds to support private projects in pursuit of economic growth or improved quality of life. How does the framing of municipal subsidies impact public support for such funding? We examine the case of government-funded minor league baseball stadiums to address this question. Using nationally representative survey data, we find respondents are much more likely to support funding for stadiums when told that baseball will bring jobs and improve the local economy, compared to other frames. Local governments may therefore rely on positive, economic frames to gain public support, despite a lack of evidence that sports stadiums deliver net economic benefits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalPublic Budgeting and Finance
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

Keywords

  • local government
  • public opinion
  • public subsidies
  • sports stadiums

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Finance
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Public Administration

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