Chapter 2: Economics lessons from sports during the COVID-19 pandemic
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Economists have used COVID-19 as an exogenous shock to improve understanding of sports markets and in doing so gain broader economic insights. These natural experiments have provided partial answers to: how airborne viruses may spread in crowds; how people respond to the risk and information about infection; how the absence of crowds reduces the social pressure that can affect arbitration decisions; and how quickly asset (betting) prices reflect new information. This chapter provides both a review of this evidence and a reflection on how (sports) economics research can continue to be most valuable to policymakers.

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