Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/39771
Authors: 
Henseke, Golo
Year of Publication: 
2009
Series/Report no.: 
Thünen-series of applied economic theory 108
Abstract: 
This study seeks to explain country differences in the performance at the International Mathematical Olympiad. Hypotheses on the relationship between, on one hand, performance at the Olympiads and, on the other, population size and dynamics, economic resources, human capital, schooling quantity and quality, and the political regime are tested with a panel dataset of 97 countries over the period 1993-2006. The analysis distinguishes between crosscountry differences and intra-country differences. Results indicate that macro-conditions explain cross-country differences well but fail to predict changes in performance over time. Thus, long-term differences in country characteristics are associated with the average performance of Olympians.
Subjects: 
Science Olympiads
Talent in mathematics
Country panel
PISA
JEL: 
I21
H52
J24
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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