Sports and Child Development

51 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2011

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Christina Felfe

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

Michael Lechner

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

Andreas Steinmayr

University of Chicago - Harris School of Public Policy

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: J24, J13, I12

Suggested Citation

Felfe, Christina and Lechner, Michael and Steinmayr, Andreas, Sports and Child Development. IZA Discussion Paper No. 6105, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1962163

Christina Felfe (Contact Author)

University of St. Gallen ( email )

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St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland

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

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St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland

Michael Lechner

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

Varnbuelstrasse 14
St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland
+41 71 224 2320 (Phone)

Andreas Steinmayr

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

1155 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

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