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The Long-Run Effects of Sports Club Vouchers for Primary School Children

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  • Marcus, Jan

    (Free University of Berlin)

  • Siedler, Thomas

    (University of Potsdam)

  • Ziebarth, Nicolas R.

    (Cornell University)

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Starting in 2009, the German state of Saxony distributed sports club membership vouchers among all 33,000 third graders in the state. The policy's objective was to encourage them to develop a long-term habit of exercising. In 2018, we carried out a large register-based survey among several cohorts in Saxony and two neighboring states. Our difference-indifferences estimations show that, even after a decade, awareness of the voucher program was significantly higher in the treatment group. We also find that youth received and redeemed the vouchers. However, we do not find significant short- or long-term effects on sports club membership, physical activity, overweightness, or motor skills.

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  • Marcus, Jan & Siedler, Thomas & Ziebarth, Nicolas R., 2021. "The Long-Run Effects of Sports Club Vouchers for Primary School Children," IZA Discussion Papers 14246, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    school health examinations; objective health measures; habit formation; obesity; primary school; voucher; physical activity; windfall gains; crowd-out; taxpayer subsidies;
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    • I12 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health Behavior
    • I14 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Health and Inequality
    • I18 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
    • I28 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Government Policy
    • I38 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - Government Programs; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
    • Z28 - Other Special Topics - - Sports Economics - - - Policy
    • H71 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations - - - State and Local Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue

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