Sports and Child Development

50 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2011

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Andrea Christina Felfe

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Michael Lechner

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research

Andreas Steinmayr

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy

Date Written: November 14, 2011

Abstract

Despite the relevance of cognitive and non-cognitive skills for professional success, their formation is not yet fully understood. This study fills part of this gap by analyzing the effect of sports club participation, one of the most popular extra-curricular activities, on children’s skill development. Our results indicate positive effects: both cognitive skills, measured by school performance, and overall non-cognitive skills improve by 0.13 standard deviations. The results are robust when using alternative datasets as well as alternative estimation and identification strategies. The effects can be partially explained by increased physical activities replacing passive leisure activities.

Keywords: skill formation, non-cognitive skills, physical activity, semi-parametric estimation

JEL Classification: J240, J130, I120

Suggested Citation

Felfe, Andrea Christina and Lechner, Michael and Steinmayr, Andreas, Sports and Child Development (November 14, 2011). CESifo Working Paper Series No. 3629, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1959287

Andrea Christina Felfe

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Michael Lechner (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen - Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research ( email )

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Andreas Steinmayr

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy ( email )

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United States

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