Gender equality probably does not affect performance at the Olympic games: A comment on Berdahl, Uhlmann, and Bai (2015)

Kuppens, Toon and Pollet, Thomas (2015) Gender equality probably does not affect performance at the Olympic games: A comment on Berdahl, Uhlmann, and Bai (2015). Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 61. pp. 144-147. ISSN 0022-1031

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jesp.2015.06.002

Abstract

In a recent article, Berdahl, Uhlmann, and Bai (2015) reported that countries with higher gender equality won more medals at the 2012 and 2014 Olympic games. This relation held for both female and male athletes. The authors, however, did not control for GDP per capita, or take into account the clustering of countries in regions. Here we show that controlling for these two factors reduces or even reverses the positive relation between gender equality and the number of Olympic medals. Gender equality was associated with fewer medals for male athletes. We argue for more careful analyses and interpretation of nation-level data.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cross-cultural differences, Statistical analysis, Olympic games, Cross-national comparison, Gender inequality, Galton's problem
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2017 11:09
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:31
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/31969

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