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Heterogenous effects of sports participation on education and labor market outcomes


  • Devon Gorry


This paper analyzes the distribution of education and labor market benefits from sports participation. Results show that effects are similar across gender, but differ on other dimensions. In particular, participants in team sports show greater gains than those in individual sports. Quantile regressions show that educational gains are larger for low performing populations and earnings gains are larger for low earning individuals. Instrumental variable results also show similar effects across gender and larger gains in academic performance for low performers, but these results show insignificant effects of sports participation on labor market outcomes.

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  • Devon Gorry, 2016. "Heterogenous effects of sports participation on education and labor market outcomes," Education Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 24(6), pages 622-638, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:edecon:v:24:y:2016:i:6:p:622-638
    DOI: 10.1080/09645292.2016.1143452

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    1. Sameer K Deshpande & Raiden B Hasegawa & Jordan Weiss & Dylan S Small, 2020. "The association between adolescent football participation and early adulthood depression," PLOS ONE, Public Library of Science, vol. 15(3), pages 1-14, March.
    2. Ransom, Michael R & Ransom, Tyler, 2018. "Do high school sports build or reveal character? Bounding causal estimates of sports participation," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 64(C), pages 75-89.
    3. John Cullinan & Kevin Denny & Darragh Flannery, 2018. "A Distributional Analysis of Upper Secondary School Performance," Working Papers 201806, School of Economics, University College Dublin.
    4. Ransom, Michael R. & Ransom, Tyler, 2017. "Do High School Sports Build or Reveal Character?," IZA Discussion Papers 11110, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).

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