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Who Wins the Olympic Games: Economic Development and Medal Totals

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  • Andrew B. Bernard
  • Meghan R. Busse

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This 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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Paper provided by National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc in its series NBER Working Papers with number 7998.

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Publication status: published as Andrew B. Bernard & Meghan R. Busse, 2004. "Who Wins the Olympic Games: Economic Resources and Medal Totals," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 86(1), pages 413-417, December.
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  1. Shughart, William F, II & Tollison, Robert D, 1993. "Going for the Gold: Property Rights and Athletic Effort in Transitional Economies," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 46(2), pages 263-72.
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  1. Michael W. Klein, 2002. "Work and Play: International Evidence of Gender Equality in Employment and Sports," NBER Working Papers 9081, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Ferda Halicioglu, 2005. "Can We Predict The Outcome Of The International Football Tournaments : The Case Of Euro 2000?," Microeconomics, EconWPA 0503008, EconWPA.
  3. Du Bois, Cindy & Heyndels, Bruno, 2012. "Revealed comparative advantage and specialisation in athletics," Edition HWWI: Chapters, in: Zur ├ľkonomik von Spitzenleistungen im internationalen Sport, pages 25-47 Hamburg Institute of International Economics (HWWI).
  4. Robert Hoffmann & Lee Chew Ging & Bala Ramasamy, 2002. "The Socio-Economic Determinants of International Soccer Performance," Journal of Applied Economics, Universidad del CEMA, vol. 0, pages 253-272, November.

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