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An Old Boys Club No More: Pluralism in Participation and Performance at the Olympic Games
Journal of Sports Economics (2015)
  • Marcus Noland
Abstract
This article examines the growing diversity of participation and achievement in the
Olympics. A wide set of socioeconomic variables are correlated with medaling,
particularly with respect to the Summer Games and women’s events. Host advantage
is particularly acute in judged contests such as gymnastics. However, there is
evidence that the influence of correlates, such as country size, per capita income, and
membership in the communist bloc is declining over time as competition becomes
increasingly diverse. These effects are less evident in the Winter Games, events in
which significant capital investments are required, and judged contests.
Keywords
  • women,
  • globalization,
  • sports,
  • Olympics,
  • doping
Disciplines
Publication Date
2015
Citation Information
Marcus Noland. "An Old Boys Club No More: Pluralism in Participation and Performance at the Olympic Games" Journal of Sports Economics (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marcus_noland/41/