Some Observations of Analyzing Economic Impact: A Case Study, the Economic Impact of the Staples Center on the City of Los Angeles

May, 2004

The purpose of this report is to assess the impact the Staples Center has had on the economy of the City of Los Angeles, and in so doing identify and analyze the problems involved in estimating the economic impact of public development projects. The Staples Center primarily serves as a host for professional sports events, and this report focuses on the impact that professional sports teams and their facilities have on local economies. The lessons from the professional sport experience, however, can be applied to other development projects that are financed jointly by the public and private sectors.

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