Who Wins the Olympic Games: Economic Development and Medal Totals
Andrew B. Bernard
Dartmouth College - Tuck School of Business; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); Centre for Economic Policy Research (CEPR)
Meghan R. Busse
University of California, Berkeley - Haas School of Business
NBER Working Paper No. w7998
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24working papers series
Date posted: November 13, 2000
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