This study examines the impact that hosting the 2008, 2012, and 2016 Summer Olympic Games had on the inflow of foreign direct investment, as a whole, as well as in the construction industry, in the respective host countries. I argue that hosting the Summer Olympic Games should lead to an increase in the overall inflow of foreign direct investment, as well as an increase in the construction sector, specifically. I constructed multiple random effects regression models to test my hypotheses. Overall, I was not able to confirm my hypotheses. However, I did find that large-scale corruption played a factor in the awarding of construction contracts for 2008 and 2016 Games. Therefore, I could conclude that when corruption is not a factor, hosting the Summer Olympics attracts foreign investment in the host country’s construction industry. With this being said, this is an area of study that requires more research


Valdez, John


Political Science


Business | Law

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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