International swimming provides an opportunity for thousands of swimmers to compete at the highest level of the sport. In this paper, I argue that participation and success in these events can influence drowning rates across the world. My analysis suggests that one of the most notable negative influences on drowning rates is swimming participation in countries that have the smallest roster sizes and the lowest average income levels. My analysis shows that swimming success in the Olympics has a significant positive effect on drowning rates in countries in the middle-income brackets.
Cottle, Joshua R.
"Swimming For More Than Gold: How Swimming Participation and Success in Elite International Swimming Events Can Decrease Drowning Rates Across the World,"
Undergraduate Economic Review: Vol. 14:
1, Article 13.
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