Upcoming Talk: "Who Will Win in Rio?"

June 27, 2016

Who will win in Rio?

Understanding political, economic, and athletic success at the 2016 Olympic Games

Sponsored by IQSS


Friday July 8, 2016
Harvard University
CGIS S010 (1730 Cambridge St.)

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro quickly approaching, this event will answer many of the questions you may have about the Games.

  • Do host cities and countries benefit economically from organizing the Games?
  • Does Brazil – mainly known for its soccer successes – have a home-field advantage and is it becoming a sports superpower beyond soccer?
  • Which factors determine the successes and failures of countries at this year’s Summer Games?
  • How can we predict the results of individual Olympic athletes?

Featured speakers:

Dr. Mark Glickman: Senior Lecturer on Statistics, Department of Statistics, Harvard University, and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Quantitative Analysis of Sports

Stephen Pettigrew: Doctoral candidate in the Harvard Department of Government, IQSS affiliate, and freelance contributor to FiveThirtyEight, Deadspin, and Wall Street Journal

Dr. Danyel Reiche: Associate Professor for Comparative Politics American University of Beirut (AUB), Visiting Scholar IQSS, and author of the book Success and Failure of countries at the Olympic Games

Dr. Andrew Zimbalist: Robert A. Woods Professor of Economics at Smith College and author of the book Circus Maximus: The Economic Gamble Behind Hosting the Olympics and World Cup

Please contact rio.success.harvard@gmail.com if you have additional questions.