Asian Participation and Performance at the Olympic Games

East-West Center Working Papers, Innovation and Economic Growth Series No. 4, May 2015.

42 Pages Posted: 17 May 2015  

Marcus Noland

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics; East-West Center

Kevin Stahler

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics

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Date Written: May 5, 2015

Abstract

This paper examines Asian exceptionalism at the Olympics. Northeast Asian countries conform to the statistical norm while the rest of Asia lags, but this result obscures underlying distinctions. Asian women do better than men. Non-Northeast Asia’s relative underperformance is due to the men. Asian performance is uneven across events, finding more success in weight-stratified contests, perhaps due to the fact that competition is more “fair” physiologically. The models imply that China, Japan, and South Korea will place among the top ten medaling countries at the 2016 Games, while China will continue to close
the medal gap with the United States.

Keywords: Asia, gender, sports, Olympics

JEL Classification: J16, L83, F69, Z13

Suggested Citation

Noland, Marcus and Stahler, Kevin, Asian Participation and Performance at the Olympic Games (May 5, 2015). East-West Center Working Papers, Innovation and Economic Growth Series No. 4, May 2015.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2606695 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2606695

Marcus Noland

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics ( email )

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East-West Center ( email )

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Kevin Stahler (Contact Author)

Peter G. Peterson Institute for International Economics ( email )

1750 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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