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Exploring the Economic Choice to Participate in Sport: Results from the 2002 General Household Survey

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This article explores the decision to participate in sports activities in the United Kingdom using a qualitative choice framework. The consistency of the results with neoclassical theories of leisure, and heterodox economic theory, which embraces a psychological view of decision making and structure of demand, is assessed. Finding more support for the latter perspective, the implications of this for sports policy are discussed.

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  • Paul Downward, 2007. "Exploring the Economic Choice to Participate in Sport: Results from the 2002 General Household Survey," International Review of Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 21(5), pages 633-653.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:irapec:v:21:y:2007:i:5:p:633-653 DOI: 10.1080/02692170701474710
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