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Physical Activity and Health Outcome: Evidence from Canada

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  • Humphreys, Brad

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    (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

  • McLeod, Logan

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    (University of Alberta, Department of Public Health Sciences)

  • Ruseski, Jane

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    (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)

Abstract

Health production models include participation in physical activity as an input. We investigate the relationship between participation in physical activity and health using a bivariate probit model. Participation is identifi ed with an exclusion restriction on a variable reflecting sense of belonging to the community. Estimates based on data from Cycle 3.1 of the Canadian Community Health Survey indicate that participation in physical activity reduces the reported incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, asthma, and arthritis as well as being in fair or poor health. Increasing the intensity and frequency of participation in physical activity appears to have a diminishing marginal impact on adverse health outcomes above the moderate level.

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Paper provided by University of Alberta, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 2011-6.

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Length: 32 pages
Date of creation: 01 May 2011
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Handle: RePEc:ris:albaec:2011_006

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Keywords: health production; physical activity; lifestyle choices; bivariate probit;

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Cited by:
  1. Lechner, Michael & Downward, Paul, 2013. "Heterogeneous sports participation and labour market outcomes in England," Economics Working Paper Series 1323, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.
  2. 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).
  3. Humphreys, Brad & Maresova, Katerina & Ruseski, Jane, 2012. "Institutional Factors, Sport Policy, and Individual Sport Participation: An International Comparison," Working Papers 2012-1, University of Alberta, Department of Economics.

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