Work Productivity and the World Cup

Is productivity taken into account when calculations are made about World Cups and their economic impact?

I’ve just got back to work after spending two stressful hours in the middle of my day watching England qualify for the next stage of the World Cup.  By finishing second in the group, England’s quarter final (should they make it that far – Germany beckon in the last 16 unfortunately) will be at 3pm game also.

My wife, at work in central Oxford, knew England had scored because a loud roar went up throughout the entire city centre when England scored, and most people I know of were able to watch the match either at their workplace on a big screen, or were allowed to go elsewhere to watch the match.  How many work hours were lost in the UK today?


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