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    The impact of economic growth on the competitiveness of national elite sport systems

    Nielsen, Klaus and Storm, Rasmus (2013) The impact of economic growth on the competitiveness of national elite sport systems. Working Paper. Birkbeck, University of London, London, UK.

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    India is the extreme under - achiever in international sport competitions. This has only marginally changed with the recent promotion of the Indian economy into the league of BRIC nations. Whereas in China high growth rates have been accompanied by a huge im provement of its performance in international sport events a similar impact of extraordinary growth rates has been almost totally absent in the case of India. Is India an exception? Several econometric studies have shown that income per capita is a signifi cant variable explaining elite sport results such as results in the Olympic Games. From this stylized fact follows the hypothesis that 'above/below average' growth rates lead to relative improvements/deterioration of elite sport results (with a time lag)‟. This paper tests the hypothesis by means of a study of the correlation between growth in GNP per capita and growth in medal points in the sports of the Olympic Summer Games. The findings show no correlation. However, a detailed analysis of country evidenc e shows interesting trends and details. The paper concludes with tentative explanations for the findings including the contradictory country evidence.


    Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
    Additional Information: Birkbeck Sport Business Centre Research Paper Series V6(1) - ISSN: 1756-8811
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Elite sport systems, Economic growth, Competitiveness, Olympic Games, National differences
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Research Centres and Institutes: Birkbeck Sport Business Centre, Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck Centre for
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 29 May 2014 12:00
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:11


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