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  • Christina Felfe
  • Michael Lechner
  • Andreas Steinmayr

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Despite the relevance of cognitive and non-cognitive skills for professional success, their formation is not yet fully understood. This study fills part of this gap by analyzing the effect of sports club participation, one of the most popular extra-curricular activities, on children’s skill development. Our results indicate positive effects: both cognitive skills, measured by school performance, and overall non-cognitive skills improve by 0.13 standard deviations. The results are robust when using alternative datasets as well as alternative estimation and identification strategies. The effects can be partially explained by increased physical activities replacing passive leisure activities.

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Paper provided by CESifo Group Munich in its series CESifo Working Paper Series with number 3629.

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Date of creation: 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ces:ceswps:_3629

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Keywords: skill formation; non-cognitive skills; physical activity; semi-parametric estimation;

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Cited by:
  1. D. Del Boca & C. Monfardini & C. Nicoletti, 2012. "Self investments of adolescents and their cognitive development," Working Papers wp848, Dipartimento Scienze Economiche, Universita' di Bologna.
  2. Cabane, Charlotte & Clark, Andrew E., 2013. "Childhood Sporting Activities and Adult Labour-Market Outcomes," Economics Working Paper Series 1328, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.
  3. Adrian Hille & Jürgen Schupp, 2013. "How Learning a Musical Instrument Affects the Development of Skills," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 591, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  4. Pablo Ibarraran & Laura Ripani & Bibiana Taboada & Juan Villa & Brigida Garcia, 2014. "Life skills, employability and training for disadvantaged youth: Evidence from a randomized evaluation design," IZA Journal of Labor & Development, Springer, vol. 3(1), pages 1-24, December.
  5. Michael Lechner & Paul Downward, 2013. "Heterogeneous Sports Participation and Labour Market Outcomes in England," CESifo Working Paper Series 4434, CESifo Group Munich.
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  7. Daniela Del Boca & Chiara Monfardini & Cheti Nicoletti, 2012. "Children's and Parents' Time-Use Choices and Cognitive Development during Adolescence," Working Papers 2012-006, Human Capital and Economic Opportunity Working Group.

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