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The other doping scandal

Artificially creating money does not make a country any more prosperous. If it were different we would have solved the basic economic problem of scarcity long ago. [...]

Olympic forecasting and women’s rights

Countries where men and women have equal rights and opportunities do better at the Olympics. By contrast, women's sports potential has not been fully utilised in countries that systematically disadvantage its female population. [...]

Book review: Soccernomics

Given the sad, unworldly image of economics (or ‘the dismal science,’ as it is often referred to), it is refreshing to see that there are still economists out there who have something worthwhile to say. Even if it is only about soccer. [...]

Get a kick out of these soccer figures

THE global financial crisis has shaken the belief that economics can tell us anything worthwhile about human nature. Given this sad image of economics, it is refreshing to see that there are still economists out there who have something worthwhile to say. Even if it is only about soccer. [...]

Economy can kick a winner

Maybe our economists have only been reading the wrong parts of the newspapers. If they skipped the business sections and went straight to the sports news they would look into the future with a bit more optimism. At least that’s what economic research from Germany suggests. [...]