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Who Wins the Olympic Games: Economic Development and Medal Totals

Andrew B. Bernard, Meghan R. Busse

NBER Working Paper No. 7998
Issued in November 2000
NBER Program(s):   ITI

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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Document Object Identifier (DOI): 10.3386/w7998

Published: Andrew B. Bernard & Meghan R. Busse, 2004. "Who Wins the Olympic Games: Economic Resources and Medal Totals," The Review of Economics and Statistics, MIT Press, vol. 86(1), pages 413-417, December.

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