For Better or Worse? The Effects of Physical Education on Child Development
97 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2018
This study analyses the effects of regular physical education at school on cognitive skills, non-cognitive skills, motor skills, physical activity, and health. It is based on a very informative data set, the German Motorik-Modul, and identifies the effect by using variation in the required numbers of physical education lessons across and within German federal states. The results show improvements in cognitive skills. Boys' non-cognitive skills are adversely affected driven by increased peer relation problems. For girls, the results suggest improvements in motor skills and increased extra-curricular physical activities. Generally, we find no statistically significant effects on health parameters.
Keywords: physical education, cognitive skills, non-cognitive skills, motor skills, physical activity, health
JEL Classification: I26, Z28, I12
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