Is Soccer Good for You? The Motivational Impact of Big Sporting Events on the Unemployed

18 Pages Posted: 18 Jan 2014  

Philipp Doerrenberg

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW); IZA Institute of Labor Economics; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Sebastian Siegloch

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; University of Mannheim - Department of Economics; Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) - Corporate Taxation and Public Finance Research; CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute)

Abstract

We examine the effect of salient international soccer tournaments on the motivation of unemployed individuals to search for employment using the German Socio Economic Panel 1984-2010. Exploiting the random scheduling of survey interviews, we find significant effects on motivational variables such as the intention to work or the reservation wage. Furthermore, the sporting events increase perceived health as well as worries about the general economic situation.

Keywords: sporting events, soccer, unemployment, well-being

JEL Classification: D8, J2, J6

Suggested Citation

Doerrenberg, Philipp and Siegloch, Sebastian, Is Soccer Good for You? The Motivational Impact of Big Sporting Events on the Unemployed. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7890. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2381142

Philipp Doerrenberg (Contact Author)

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) ( email )

P.O. Box 10 34 43
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D-68034 Mannheim, 68034
Germany

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

Munich
Germany

Sebastian Siegloch

IZA Institute of Labor Economics ( email )

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

University of Mannheim - Department of Economics ( email )

D-68131 Mannheim
Germany

Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) - Corporate Taxation and Public Finance Research ( email )

United States

CESifo (Center for Economic Studies and Ifo Institute) ( email )

Poschinger Str. 5
Munich, DE-81679
Germany

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