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Does sports activity improve health? Representative evidence using local density of sports facilities as an instrument

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  • Marc Brechot
  • Stephan Nüesch
  • Egon Franck

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Using representative and geocoded data from the Swiss Household Panel and the Swiss Business Census, we estimate the effect of sports activity on health. OLS models show that sports activity significantly decreases overweight, sleeping problems, headaches, back problems, and perceived health impediments in everyday activities and significantly increases health satisfaction. Because sports activity is likely to be misreported and correlated with unobserved determinants of health, we use the number of sports facilities within 6 miles of the individual’s residence as an instrument for sports activity. Although the instrument is powerful in explaining sports activity, the second-stage effects on health are mostly statistically insignificant due to the high SEs of the IV estimates.

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  • Marc Brechot & Stephan Nüesch & Egon Franck, 2017. "Does sports activity improve health? Representative evidence using local density of sports facilities as an instrument," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 49(48), pages 4871-4884, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:49:y:2017:i:48:p:4871-4884
    DOI: 10.1080/00036846.2017.1296548
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