I'm looking for a discussion or guildlines that can help me in explaining what is appropriate to include in direct effects and why. And, probably more critically, why some things should be left out. I assumed that it was clear that the analyst should only include net new dollars in the region. For example; if you have an event that with spectators from both inside the region and outside the region, it is correct to only include the expenditures of those living outside the region. The assumption is that the local residents would spend their dollars on something else if not the specified event. There are possible exceptions to this. This include the idea that if they hadn't gone to this event to spend their dollars they would have gone out of the region and spent the dollars. (leak prevent) And I've also heard it mentioned that an economic impact of an event should include a concept of total sales related to the event regardless of whether they are new or not. Also the use of the retail margins seems clear and obvious unless you know production is local. However, again I am finding that people do not want to hear about this concept and do not think it should be applied as the dollars are being spent in the region. If you've reviewed these issues before or have discussion of them available please point me to them. Thanks
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