Who Wins the Olympic Games: Economic Development and Medal Totals
AbstractThis paper examines determinants of Olympic success at the country level. Does the U.S. win its fair share of Olympic medals? Why does China win 6% of the medals even though it has 1/5 of the world's population? We consider the role of population and economic development in determining medal totals from 1960-1996. We also provide out of sample predictions for the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
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- Andrew B. Bernard & Meghan R. Busse, 2000. "Who Wins The Olympic Games: Economic Development and Medal Totals," Yale School of Management Working Papers ysm160, Yale School of Management.
- O10 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
- L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
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