Asian Participation and Performance at the Olympic Games

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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: January 2016

Abstract

This paper examines Asian exceptionalism at the Olympics. Northeast Asian countries conform to the statistical norm, whereas 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 culturally connected and weight‐stratified contests. The models imply that China, Japan, and South Korea will place among the top 10 medaling countries at the 2016 Games, whereas China will continue to close the medal gap with the United States.

Keywords: Asia, gender, Olympics, sports, women

JEL Classification: J16, L83, F69, Z13

Suggested Citation

Noland, Marcus and Stahler, Kevin, Asian Participation and Performance at the Olympic Games (January 2016). Asian Economic Policy Review, Vol. 11, Issue 1, pp. 70-90, 2016, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2710994 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/aepr.12118

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