Physical Activity of Adults: A Survey of Correlates, Determinants, and Effects
52 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2014
Date Written: November 4, 2014
We survey the literature on the link of labour market related outcomes to individual physical activity and sports participation. The first part of the survey is devoted to the individual participation decision and is based on papers from various disciplines. The second part summarises parts of the epidemiological literature on health effects and the economic literature on the labour market effects as well as on the effects on well-being and social capital. Somewhat surprisingly, at least for studies in empirical economics, all the papers seem to agree that individual leisure sports participation and physical activity has positive effects for adults.
Keywords: Physical activity, leisure time physical activity, sports participation, labour market effects, unemployment, earnings
JEL Classification: I12, I18, J20, J30, J68, L83
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