Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D., Conducts Economic Impact Study of Paris 2018 Gay Games


PARIS, France - Thousands came and spent millions this August at the 10th edition of the Gay Games, organized by Paris 2018. According to a study conducted by College of Business Administration Associate Professor of Economics Shawn Rohlin, Ph.D., the total economic impact of this global event was over 66 million Euros (approximately $75.9 million). The study was released the week of October 30, 2018.


According to results of the survey:

  • 40 percent of the more than 10,317 who participated or attended the Games lived outside of the Paris metro area.
  • Locals and non-locals spent 66 million Euros in the main sectors of the economy, including hotels, restaurants, bars and gas stations.
  • An additional 41.6 million Euros was generated in local income, roughly the equivalent of 1,429 full-time jobs.


“The Gay Games continues to be a substantive catalyst of economic growth for the events’ host city as demonstrated by the latest Gay Games in Paris,” Rohlin said.


Rohlin’s research focuses on the effect of government policies on firm establishment and employment decisions. His work has been published in journals such as Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Urban Economics and Economic Inquiry. In addition to this recent study, Rohlin has produced studies on the economic impact of the Mid-American Conference Basketball Tournament, the Senior Games, the Utopia Pipeline and the Akron Marathon.


“Paris and the Ile de France region truly benefited from thousands of visitors during the week of Gay Games 10, and we are already experiencing long-term gains. The Village Festival during the Games was such a success that it may return next year as an event on its own. Support from the city, region and state, including Ministries, agencies and national sport federations, was crucial to the success of the event,” said Manuel PICAUD, Co-President of Paris 2018.


To read the complete study, click here.



Paris 2018 – Gay Games 10

Paris 2018 is the 10th edition of the Gay Games, a Celebration of Diversity, the largest international sport and culture event open to all. From August 4-12, 2018, Paris welcomed more than 10,000 participants from 91 countries for a festival of sport and culture with 36 sports, 14 cultural events, two ceremonies, one village and a sports conference. Paris 2018 – Gay Games 10 is organized by a volunteer team, with support from the City of Paris, the Île-de- France Region, the national Ministry of Cities, Youth, and Sports, DIGES-the Inter-ministerial Delegate for Large Sporting Events, 36 national French Sport Federations, and in partnership with FSGL, the Fédération Sportive Gaie et Lesbienne, and support from the LGBT Centre, Inter-LGBT, l’Autre Cercle, and the national student federation, FAGE.



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