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

Toon Kuppens, Thomas Pollet

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)144-147
JournalJournal of Experimental Social Psychology
Volume61
Early online date10 Jun 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2015

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