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L’impact des dépenses publiques consacrées au sport sur les médailles olympiques


  • Paul Blais-Morisset
  • Vincent Boucher
  • Bernard Fortin


Each year, a significant portion of government spending goes to sports at the professional or amateur level. A number of analysts argue that these investments greatly contribute to the success of a country at the Olympics. We present an econometric analysis aiming at estimating the causal effect of public investment in sports on the number of medals won by a country. We use panel counting models with fixed effects and instrumental variable. According to our selected specifications, the elasticity of the number of medals won by a country at the Summer Olympics with respect to its public investment in sport varies between 0.23 and 0.38. Classification JEL : C16, C23, C25, L83.

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  • Paul Blais-Morisset & Vincent Boucher & Bernard Fortin, 2017. "L’impact des dépenses publiques consacrées au sport sur les médailles olympiques," Revue économique, Presses de Sciences-Po, vol. 68(4), pages 623-642.
  • Handle: RePEc:cai:recosp:reco_684_0623

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    1. Schlembach, Christoph & Schmidt, Sascha L. & Schreyer, Dominik & Wunderlich, Linus, 2022. "Forecasting the Olympic medal distribution – A socioeconomic machine learning model," Technological Forecasting and Social Change, Elsevier, vol. 175(C).

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    JEL classification:

    • C16 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Econometric and Statistical Methods; Specific Distributions
    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism


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