nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2010‒05‒29
one paper chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
University of Beira Interior and Technical University of Lisbon

  1. Sports Participation and Happiness: Evidence from U.S. Micro Data By Huang, Haifang; Humphreys, Brad

  1. By: Huang, Haifang (University of Alberta, Department of Economics); Humphreys, Brad (University of Alberta, Department of Economics)
    Abstract: We investigate the relationship between participation in physical activity and self reported happiness in the United States. IV estimates based on data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and County Business Patterns indicate that individuals living in a county with greater access to sports facilities are more likely to participate in physical activity and also report higher life satisfaction. The contribution of participation in physical activity to increased happiness is three times the size of the loss in happiness associated with being unemployed. Both men and women gain happiness from participation, and men appear to benefit more.
    Keywords: happiness; physical activity; instrumental variables
    JEL: C39 D60 I18 L83
    Date: 2010–04–01

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