Physical Activity of Adults: A Survey of Correlates, Determinants, and Effects

52 Pages Posted: 13 Nov 2014

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Charlotte Cabane

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

Michael Lechner

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

Date Written: November 4, 2014

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Cabane, Charlotte and Lechner, Michael, Physical Activity of Adults: A Survey of Correlates, Determinants, and Effects (November 4, 2014). ZEW - Centre for European Economic Research Discussion Paper No. 14-088, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2523376 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2523376

Charlotte Cabane (Contact Author)

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Michael Lechner

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

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St. Gallen, 9000
Switzerland
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