Debate on Stadium Subsidies

May 13, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Georgia-Pacific Center

133 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

We welcome everyone to join AFF for a friendly debate on public subsidies to stadiums between economists Dr. Bruce Seaman of Georgia State University and Dr. Victor Matheson of the College of the Holy Cross.

The debate will be held in the auditorium on the first floor of the Georgia Pacific Building. The debate itself will begin at 7:00pm and end at 8:30pm

The specific title of the debate will be “Public subsides for stadiums can sometimes generate net economic benefits to the region”.

Understanding the current political climate in Georgia regarding public subsidies to stadiums, we decided to host this debate as an educational event with the purpose of the helping attendees understand and form their own opinion on the topic. This debate will not focus on the new Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta Braves stadiums specifically, but we encourage everyone that attends to apply what they learn to their opinions of these projects, regardless of their political/economic leanings.

A former staff economist and consultant for the Federal Trade Commission, Dr. Bruce Seaman serves as a consultant in private antitrust, business contractual dispute and civil tort cases. His research includes models of arts industry funding, price discrimination (including legal implications), private and public school choice, cost-benefit analysis and economic impact methodologies, international trade in cultural goods, local tax incidence and exportability, and the effects of illegal behaviors. His articles have appeared in such journals as American Economic Review, Journal of Socioeconomics, Public Finance Quarterly, Journal of Behavioral Economics, Utah Law Review and Journal of Cultural Economics. He serves as an associate professor of economics at Georgia State University. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Victor Matheson, associate professor of economics at Holy Cross, earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and his B.A. from St. Olaf College. Matheson specializes in sports economics, specifically the economic impact of “mega-sporting events” on host cities; public finance; the economics of lotteries and gambling; and natural resource economics. In particular, his sports economics research, which dispels the notion that major events (such as the Olympics, World Series and Super Bowl) equal large economic dividends for host cities have made him a widely sought-after expert. He has provided expert commentary to several media outlets including Forbes Magazine, Time Magazine Europe, ESPN Magazine, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, BusinessWeek Online, The Los Angeles Times, the Associated Press, Bloomberg Television, American Public Media’s Marketplace, and, among others.