An Economic Discussion of Competitive Dog Mushing

by Mark Herrmann and Kristen Keith

This is a study of the economic impact of dog mushing on local economies using data gathered through a survey sent out by Mushing magazine. There have been few studies of this subject, presumably because many mushers live in remote parts of the Northern regions of the world, and this makes it difficult to locate and contact them. The authors conclude that if a beginning musher immediately gets into racing he or she will add approximately $3,828 a year to the local economy.