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Does sport make you happy? An analysis of the well-being derived from sports participation

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  • Paul Downward
  • Simona Rasciute

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This paper examines the impact of sports participation upon the subjective well-being of individuals. Encouraging participation in sports activity is now an important public policy issue, as it is argued that there are benefits in terms of health and well-being to individuals as well as to society through externalities. Controlling for personal and socio-demographic characteristics affecting well-being, this paper examines if participation in, and the frequency and duration of, 67 sports activities affects well-being. The form in which sports participation takes place is also investigated by examining if social-interaction sports produce more well-being. This paper demonstrates that sports participation has a positive affect upon the subjective well-being of the population and, moreover, estimates its monetary value. The effects are larger if one allows for social interactions.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal International Review of Applied Economics.

Volume (Year): 25 (2011)
Issue (Month): 3 ()
Pages: 331-348

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Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:25:y:2011:i:3:p:331-348

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Keywords: ordered choice model; heterogeneous thresholds; happiness; sports; willingness to pay measures;

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Cited by:
  1. Michael Lechner & Paul Downward, 2013. "Heterogeneous Sports Participation and Labour Market Outcomes in England," CESifo Working Paper Series 4434, CESifo Group Munich.
  2. Stephan Humpert, 2013. "Gender Differences in Life Satisfaction and Social Participation," Working Paper Series in Economics 276, University of Lüneburg, Institute of Economics.
  3. Hallmann, Kirstin & Breuer, Christoph & Kühnreich, Benedikt, 2013. "Happiness, pride and elite sporting success: What population segments gain most from national athletic achievements?," Sport Management Review, Elsevier, vol. 16(2), pages 226-235.

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