Who Wins the Olympic Games: Economic Development and Medal Totals

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Andrew B. Bernard; Meghan R. Busse;
(2000)
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    • jel: jel:L83 | jel:O10

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 developmen... View more
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