The Impact of Participation in Sports on Educational Attainment: New Evidence from Germany

25 Pages Posted: 28 Nov 2007

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Thomas Cornelißen

University of Hannover

Christian Pfeifer

Leuphana University of Lueneburg; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: November 2007

Abstract

We analyze the impact of exercising sports during childhood and adolescence on educational attainment. The theoretical framework is based on models of allocation of time and educational productivity. Using the rich information from the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), we apply generalized ordered probit models to estimate the effect of participation in sport activities on secondary school degrees and professional degrees. Even after controlling for important variables and selection into sport, we find strong evidence that the effect of sport on educational attainment is statistically significant and positive.

Keywords: allocation of time, education, human capital, sport

JEL Classification: I21, J13, J22, J24

Suggested Citation

Cornelißen, Thomas and Pfeifer, Christian, The Impact of Participation in Sports on Educational Attainment: New Evidence from Germany (November 2007). IZA Discussion Paper No. 3160; SOEPpaper, No. 68. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1033405

Thomas Cornelißen (Contact Author)

University of Hannover ( email )

Welfengarten 1
D-30167 Hannover, 30167
Germany

Christian Pfeifer

Leuphana University of Lueneburg ( email )

Scharnhorststrasse 1
Lüneburg, 21335
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

P.O. Box 7240
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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