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Fair Play? Sport and Social Disadvantage in Ireland

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  • Lunn, Pete

    (Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI))

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This report examines the impact of social disadvantage on various forms of participation in sport, using data from more than 3,000 Irish adults. It found those with low income or low educational attainment are many times less likely to participate. This effect is so strong that the large majority of people who play sport in Ireland are from higher income and better educated social groups. Placed in the context of Irish sports policy, this means that public spending on sport is very likely to be regressive, with the less well off subsidising the activities of the better off. If public spending on sport is to continue to be justified on the grounds that it benefits all in Irish society, greater priority needs to be given to policies that are of clear benefit to the disadvantaged.

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  • Lunn, Pete, 2007. "Fair Play? Sport and Social Disadvantage in Ireland," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number BMI190.
  • Handle: RePEc:esr:resser:bmi190
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    1. Smyth, Emer & McCoy, Selina, 2009. "Investing in Education: Combating Educational Disadvantage," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS006.
    2. Lunn, Pete & Kelly, Elish & Fitzpatrick, Nick, 2013. "Keeping Them in the Game: Taking Up and Dropping Out of Sport and Exercise in Ireland," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number rs33.
    3. Lunn, Pete & Layte, Richard, 2008. "Sporting Lives: An Analysis of a Lifetime of Irish Sport," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS2.
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    5. Frank Crowley & John Eakins & Declan Jordan, 2012. "Participation,Expenditure and Regressivity in the Irish Lottery:Evidence from Irish Household Budget Survey 2004/2005," The Economic and Social Review, Economic and Social Studies, vol. 43(2), pages 199-225.
    6. Callan, Tim & Barrell, Ray & Barrett, Alan & Casserly, Noel & Convery, Frank & Goggin, Jean & Kearney, Ide & Kirby, Simon & Lunn, Pete & O'Brien, Martin & Ryan, Lisa, 2008. "Budget Perspectives 2009," Research Series, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI), number RS4.
    7. repec:esr:resser:bkmnext186 is not listed on IDEAS
    8. Lunn, Pete, 2008. "Getting Out What You Put In: An Evaluation of Public Investment in Irish Sport," Papers BP2009/3, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
    9. repec:esr:resser:bkmnext155 is not listed on IDEAS

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