nep-spo New Economics Papers
on Sports and Economics
Issue of 2014‒11‒28
two papers chosen by
João Carlos Correia Leitão
Universidade da Beira Interior

  1. Physical activity of adults: A survey of correlates, determinants, and effects By Cabane, Charlotte; Lechner, Michael
  2. Do Star Performers Produce More Stars? Peer Effects and Learning in Elite Teams By Casey Ichniowski; Anne Preston

  1. By: Cabane, Charlotte; Lechner, Michael
    Abstract: We survey the literature on the link of labour market related outcomes to individ-ual physical activity and sports participation. The first part of the survey is devoted to the individual participation decision and is based on papers from various disciplines. The sec-ond part summarises parts of the epidemiological literature on health effects and the eco-nomic literature on the labour market effects as well as on the effects on well-being and so-cial capital. Somewhat surprisingly, at least for studies in empirical economics, all the papers seem to agree that individual leisure sports participation and physical activity has positive effects for adults.
    Keywords: physical activity,leisure time physical activity,sports participation,labour market effects,unemployment,earnings
    JEL: I12 I18 J20 J30 J68 L83
    Date: 2014
  2. By: Casey Ichniowski; Anne Preston
    Abstract: This study investigates the professional soccer industry to ask whether the talent of an individual's co-workers helps explain differences in the rate of human capital accumulation on the job. Data tracking national soccer team performance and the professional leagues their members play for are particularly well suited for developing convincing non-experimental evidence about these kinds of peer effects. The empirical results consistently show that performance improves more after an individual has been a member of an elite team than when he has been a member of lower level teams. The conclusion is borne out by a rich set of complementary data on: national team performance, player-level performance, performance of foreign players who joined elite teams after an exogenous shift in the number of foreign players participating on top club teams, performance of players on national teams in the year just before and the year just after they join an elite club team, and experiences of several national team players obtained through personal interviews.
    JEL: J0 J24
    Date: 2014–09

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