Category Olympics

Who overperforms at the Paralympics? (Guest post by Will Damazer)

Countries invest their resources into individuals to find Olympic glory, perhaps with the hope of inspiring athletic activity at the grassroots level or even to boost public morale. It’s an expensive investment that needs a large talent pool, and as a result countries with a larger GDP (i.e. those that are richer and/or have a […]

How big is the Olympic host country boost, and how long does it last?

With the Olympics in full flow, there’s been a lot of talk about the benefits of hosting the games for a country’s on-field performance. The BBC’s More or Less reported analysis showing that being the current or next host is one of the best predictors of how many medals a country will win. The UK’s […]