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Heterogeneous sports participation and labour market outcomes in England

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  • Downward, Paul
  • Lechner, Michael

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Based on a unique composite dataset measuring heterogeneous sports participation, labour market outcomes and local facilities provision, this paper examines for the first time the association between different types of sports participation on employment and earnings in England. Clear associations between labour market outcomes and sports participation are established through matching estimation whilst controlling for some important confounding factors. The results suggest a link between different types of sports participation to initial access to employment and then higher income opportunities with ageing. However, these vary between the genders and across sports. Specifically, the results suggest that team sports contribute most to employability, but that this varies by age across genders and that outdoor activities contribute most towards higher in-comes.

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Paper provided by C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers in its series CEPR Discussion Papers with number 9701.

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Keywords: Human Capital; Labour Market; Matching Estimation; Sports Participation;

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  1. Lechner, Michael & Sari, Nazmi, 2014. "Labor Market Effects of Sports and Exercise: Evidence from Canadian Panel Data," IZA Discussion Papers 7931, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).

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