Labour market effects of individual sport activities: Evidence from the Canadian health panel

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IZA Seminar

Place: Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 9, 53113 Bonn

Date: 05.11.2013, 12:15 - 13:30


Presentation by 

Michael Lechner (University of St. Gallen)


Based on the Canadian Nation Population Health Survey we estimate the effects of individual leisure time physical activity and sports on individual labour market and health outcomes in Canada. The data used is longitudinal and covers the period from 1994 to 2008. It is also very rich in life-style, health, and physical activity information. Taken together this allows a credible identification of the effects as well as estimating dose-response relationships. We confirm the finding of the previous literature of long-run positive income effects. However, it also appears that a sufficiently high activity level is needed to reap in the long-run benefits. This level is above the current recommendation of the WHO for minimum physical activity.

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