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    Socioeconomic determinants of win maximization at the FIFA World Cup by Fetter, Sydney Elizabeth

    This study examines the effect of socioeconomic factors on winning games at the FIFA World Cup. This study identifies various macroeconomic, geographic, and soccer-specific characteristics that impact World Cup success. Determinants of World Cup success were largely identified through examination of performances measured at the Olympics and international soccer games. Ordinary Least Squares regression method is used to determine the significance of these factors for the countries that participated in the 1994-2010 World Cup tournaments. The results of this estimation method indicate that hosting, international rank, as well as regional origins and cultural traditions significantly impact wins. A country's wealth and population are not significant factors in winning games at the World Cup.