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Sport and Child Development

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  • Felfe, Christina

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  • Lechner, Michael

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  • Steinmayr, Andreas

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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 role of sports club participation, one of the most popular extra-curricular activities, on children’s skill development. Our results indicate positive effects: school performance improves by 0.20 standard deviations and overall non-cognitive skills by 0.09 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 University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science in its series Economics Working Paper Series with number 1135.

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Length: 68 pages
Date of creation: Aug 2011
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Handle: RePEc:usg:econwp:2011:35

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

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  1. Downward, Paul & Lechner, Michael, 2013. "Heterogeneous sports participation and labour market outcomes in England," CEPR Discussion Papers, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers 9701, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
  2. 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.
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  6. Pawlowski, Tim & Schüttoff, Ute & Downward, Paul & Lechner, Michael, 2014. "Children’s skill formation in less developed countries – The impact of sports participation," Economics Working Paper Series 1412, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.
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