Canada vs. the United States: Who Wins?

From Slate: When you consider all the variables—the intense competition, the milliseconds that can separate third from fourth place, or the wild card of something like skier Lindsey Vonn’s injury status—it would seem strange to predict medal performance based largely on economic factors. But there’s a robust, and surprisingly accurate prediction business among economists for the summer Olympics. For the Winter Olympics, which feature fewer competitors and many fewer events, the number-crunchers typically put down their keyboards and spreadsheets. All except economist Daniel Johnson, who seems uniquely qualified to prognosticate on such matters. More…

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