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Unpublished Paper
Asian Participation and Performance at the Olympic Games
East-West Center Working Papers Innovation and Economic Growth Series (2015)
  • Marcus Noland
  • Kevin Stahler, Peterson Institute for International Economics
Abstract
This paper examines Asian exceptionalism at the Olympics. Northeast Asian countries conform to the statistical norm while 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 ten medaling countries at the 2016 Games, while China will continue to close the medal gap with the United States.
Keywords
  • Asia,
  • women,
  • gender,
  • sports,
  • Olympics
Disciplines
Publication Date
May, 2015
Citation Information
Marcus Noland and Kevin Stahler. "Asian Participation and Performance at the Olympic Games" East-West Center Working Papers Innovation and Economic Growth Series (2015)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marcus_noland/42/