Asian Participation and Performance at the Olympic Games
21 Pages Posted: 5 Jan 2016
Date Written: January 2016
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
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