The real cost of hosting the 2016 Rio Olympics

Olympic City in Rio

Juliana Barbassa and Theresa Williamson, two contributors to Rio 2016: Olympic Myths, Hard Realities from the Brookings Institution Press, discuss the corruption, disruption, and overall economic costs of hosting last year’s summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Also in this episode, David Wessel stops by for his regular economic update, and Bill Galston, senior fellow in the Governance Studies program, answers a question from one of our listeners.

Show notes:

Rio’s Olympic economic gamble in the Summer Games

Aligning Olympic ambitions with urban-access concerns in Rio and beyond

The 2016 Rio Olympics: Will Brazil’s emergence get a second wind?

Thanks to audio producer Gaston Reboredo with assistance from Mark Hoelscher, and to producer Brennan Hoban. Additional support comes from Chris McKenna, Jessica Pavone, Eric Abalahin, Rebecca Viser, and David Nassar.

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