Labor Market Effects of Sports and Exercise: Evidence from Canadian Panel Data

54 Pages Posted: 15 Feb 2014

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Michael Lechner

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

Nazmi Sari

University of Saskatchewan - Department of Economics

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Abstract

Based on the Canadian National Population Health Survey we estimate the effects of individual sports and exercise on individual labor market outcomes. The data covers the period from 1994 to 2008. It is longitudinal and rich in life-style, health, and physical activity information. Exploiting these features of the data allows for a credible identification of the effects as well as for estimating dose-response relationships. Generally, we confirm previous findings of positive long-run income effects. However, an activity level above the current recommendation of the WHO for minimum physical activity is required to reap in the long-run benefits.

Keywords: physical activity, Canadian National Population Health Survey, individual sports participation, human capital, labor market, matching estimation

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

Suggested Citation

Lechner, Michael and Sari, Nazmi, Labor Market Effects of Sports and Exercise: Evidence from Canadian Panel Data. IZA Discussion Paper No. 7931, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2396426

Michael Lechner (Contact Author)

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Nazmi Sari

University of Saskatchewan - Department of Economics ( email )

College of Education
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N 5A7
Canada

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