Who Wins the Olympic Games: Economic Development and Medal Totals
24 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2000 Last revised: 10 May 2021
Date Written: November 2000
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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