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Who wins at the Chess Olympics? The role of resources and education capital

David Forrest, Juan de Dios Tena () and Carlos Varela-Quintana

No 202013, Working Papers from University of Liverpool, Department of Economics

Abstract: The paper investigates national team success at the principal tournament of a prominent mind sport, chess. As in prior literature on physical sports, panel data estimation reveals population and per capita gdp as strong predictors. But when we add a measure of education capital, per capita income loses significance, suggesting that effects from income levels are mediated through schooling in the case of a cerebral game. However, when we estimated a similar model to account for medal wins at the Olympics, results were similar, implying that schooling levels are also relevant to success in physical sports.

Keywords: education capital; economic resources; sports economics; chess; Olympics (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C52 I26 Z20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 8 pages
Date: 2020-04
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