Evaluating the structural effects of a big cultural eventthe case of the International Expo Zaragoza 2008

  1. Rosa Duarte Pac 1
  2. Sofia Jiménez Calvo 1
  3. Raquel Langarita Tejero 1
  4. Julio Sánchez Chóliz 1
  1. 1 Universidad de Zaragoza

    Universidad de Zaragoza

    Zaragoza, España

    ROR https://ror.org/012a91z28

Estudios Economicos Regionales y Sectoriales : EERS: Regional and sectoral economic studies : RSES

ISSN: 1578-4460

Year of publication: 2015

Volume: 15

Issue: 1

Pages: 61-76

Type: Article

More publications in: Estudios Economicos Regionales y Sectoriales : EERS: Regional and sectoral economic studies : RSES


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SCImago Journal Rank

  • Year 2015
  • SJR Journal Impact: 0.176
  • Best Quartile: Q4
  • Area: Economics and Econometrics Quartile: Q4 Rank in area: 485/658


  • Social Sciences: B

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  • CiteScore of the Journal : 0.5
  • Area: Economics and Econometrics Percentile: 17


In the summer of 2008, the International Expo Zaragoza 2008 “Water and Sustainable Development” was held in Zaragoza (Aragon, Spain). This project was expected to modernize the city and transform the Aragonese economy, with positive long-term effects on production and employment. The aim of this paper is to analyze these effects from an economic perspective, analyzing the impacts produced by the investments and tourism expenditures associated with this Expo and the structural changes, measured by forward and backward linkages and dependence graphs. Our results suggest that the small and non-permanent structural transformations are balanced by the negative effects of the international crisis.

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