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Is Soccer Good for You? The Motivational Impact of Big Sporting Events on the Unemployed

  • Doerrenberg, Philipp


    (ZEW Mannheim)

  • Siegloch, Sebastian


    (University of Mannheim)

We examine the effect of salient international soccer tournaments on the motivation of unemployed individuals to search for employment using the German Socio Economic Panel 1984-2010. Exploiting the random scheduling of survey interviews, we find significant effects on motivational variables such as the intention to work or the reservation wage. Furthermore, the sporting events increase perceived health as well as worries about the general economic situation.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 7890.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2014
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Publication status: published in: Economics Letters, 2014, 123 (1), 66-69
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp7890
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