nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2011‒08‒29
two papers chosen by
Joao Carlos Correia Leitao
University of Beira Interior and Technical University of Lisbon

  1. Sport and Child Development By Felfe, Christina; Lechner, Michael; Steinmayr, Andreas
  2. The macroeconomic impact of the Rugby World Cup By Adam Richardson

  1. By: Felfe, Christina; Lechner, Michael; Steinmayr, Andreas
    Abstract: Despite the relevance of cognitive and non-cognitive skills for professional success, their formation is not yet fully understood. This study fills part of this gap by analyzing the role of sports club participation, one of the most popular extra-curricular activities, on children’s skill development. Our results indicate positive effects: school performance improves by 0.20 standard deviations and overall non-cognitive skills by 0.09 standard deviations. The results are robust when using alternative datasets as well as alternative estimation and identification strategies. The effects can be partially explained by increased physical activities replacing passive leisure activities.
    Keywords: Skill formation, non-cognitive skills, physical activity, semi-parametric estimation
    JEL: J24 J13 I12
    Date: 2011–08
  2. By: Adam Richardson (Reserve Bank of New Zealand)
    Abstract: Rugby World Cup 2011 kicks off in September 2011. The tournament will be a significant event for New Zealand. The Reserve Bank's main interest is in how the tournament affects domestic economic activity, capacity pressures and New Zealand' national accounts. This article aims to outline the Reserve Bank's current estimates of these impacts and to identify where some of the key uncertainties lie.
    Date: 2011–08

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