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Economic determinants of sport participation in Poland


  • Paweł Strawiński

    () (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw)


The article presents statistical description of economic factors that determine sport participation in Poland. Utilising data from 2008 Sport Participation Survey the biprobit model that takes into account the dependency between individuals and household attitude to sport participation is estimated. Sport participation is found to slightly decline with age of a person, on the other hand, education is found to be positively related to sport participation. The idiosyncratic factor of sport participation in Poland is the influence of children; they seem to encourage their relatives to partake in physical activity. Additionally, both the income level of a household and a personal income of a person have an influence on sport participation.

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  • Paweł Strawiński, 2010. "Economic determinants of sport participation in Poland," Working Papers 2010-17, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw.
  • Handle: RePEc:war:wpaper:2010-17

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    sport participation; sport expenditure; household; income; education;

    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • D19 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Other
    • I0 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - General

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