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Long-run labour market and health effects of individual sports activities

abstract This microeconometric study analyzes the effects of individual leisure sports participation on long-term labour market variables, on socio-demographic as well as on health and subjective well-being indicators for West Germany based on individual data from the German Socio-Economic Panel study (GSOEP) 1984 to 2006. Econometric problems due to individuals choosing their own level of sports activities are tackled by combining informative data and flexible semiparametric estimation methods with a specific way to use the panel dimension of the data. The paper shows that sports activities have sizeable positive long-term labour market effects in terms of earnings and wages, as well as positive effects on health and subjective well-being.
(doi: 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2009.05.003)
   
type journal paper
   
keywords Leisure sports, health, labour market, matching estimation, panel data
   
language English
kind of paper journal article
date of appearance 4-7-2009
journal The Journal of Health Economics
publisher Springer (Berlin Heidelberg)
ISSN 1618-7598
ISSN (online) 1618-7601
volume of journal 28
number of issue 4
page(s) 839-854
review blind review
   
citation Lechner, M. (2009). Long-run labour market and health effects of individual sports activities. The Journal of Health Economics, 28(4), 839-854.