Heterogeneous Sports Participation and Labour Market Outcomes in England

45 Pages Posted: 26 Oct 2013

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Michael Lechner

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

Paul M. Downward

Loughborough University - Department of Economics

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Abstract

Based on a unique composite dataset measuring heterogeneous sports participation, labour market outcomes and local facilities provision, this paper examines for the first time the association between different types of sports participation on employment and earnings in England. Clear associations between labour market outcomes and sports participation are established through matching estimation whilst controlling for some important confounding factors. The results suggest a link between different types of sports participation to initial access to employment and then higher income opportunities with ageing. However, these vary between the genders and across sports. Specifically, the results suggest that team sports contribute most to employability, but that this varies by age across genders and that outdoor activities contribute most towards higher incomes.

Keywords: sports participation, human capital, labour market, matching estimation

JEL Classification: I12, I18, J24, L83, C21

Suggested Citation

Lechner, Michael and Downward, Paul M., Heterogeneous Sports Participation and Labour Market Outcomes in England. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7690, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2345607

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