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Sport participation and Child Development in Less Developed Countries

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  • Pawlowski, Tim
  • Schüttoff, Ute
  • Downward, Paul
  • Lechner, Michael

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Previous research in developed countries suggests that sports participation can positively influence child development. We use panel data of a cohort of 658 children in Peru to test this relationship in a less developed country where conditions for child development are worse. To identify the causal effect of children’s sport participation we exploit the panel structure of our data together with using propensity score matching. Our findings suggest that participation in a sports group has positive impacts on two of the key factors that are identified in the literature as central to child development, i.e. subjective health and social capital.

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  • Pawlowski, Tim & Schüttoff, Ute & Downward, Paul & Lechner, Michael, 2014. "Sport participation and Child Development in Less Developed Countries," Economics Working Paper Series 1433, University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science.
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    Keywords

    Social capital; Human capital; Well-being; Health; Group participation; Sports;
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    JEL classification:

    • C14 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Econometric and Statistical Methods and Methodology: General - - - Semiparametric and Nonparametric Methods: General
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • I21 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Education - - - Analysis of Education
    • J24 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Human Capital; Skills; Occupational Choice; Labor Productivity

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