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On the determinants of sporting success – A note on the Olympic Games

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  • Eike Emrich

    ()
    (Saarland University)

  • Markus Klein

    ()
    (Saarland University)

  • Werner Pitsch

    ()
    (Saarland University)

  • Christian Pierdzioch

    ()
    (Helmut-Schmidt-University)

Abstract

We analyzed whether, in democratic open societies, economic and demographic conditions allow sporting success at the aggregate level to be predicted. Theoretical considerations led to the hypothesis that the population size and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita should be important determinants of sporting success. Using regression analysis, we analyzed the influence of population size and GDP per capita on sporting success in Olympic Summer and Winter Games (1992 – 2010). Regarding the Olympic summer games, we found that the most powerful predictor is population size. In contrast, GDP per capita seems to play an important role as a predictor of sporting success with respect to the Olympic winter games.

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Article provided by AccessEcon in its journal Economics Bulletin.

Volume (Year): 32 (2012)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 1890-1901

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Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-11-00722

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Keywords: Olympic Games; sporting success; population size; GDP per capita; political economy;

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  1. Christian Pierdzioch & Eike Emrich, 2013. "A Note on Corruption and National Olympic Success," Atlantic Economic Journal, International Atlantic Economic Society, vol. 41(4), pages 405-411, December.

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