Physical Activity of Adults: A Survey of Correlates, Determinants, and Effects

Charlotte Cabane 1  and Michael Lechner 2
  • 1 Universität Sankt Gallen, Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW), Varnbüelstrasse 14, 9000 Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
  • 2 Professor of Econometrics and Director of SEW, Universität Sankt Gallen, Swiss Institute for Empirical Economic Research (SEW), Varnbüelstrasse 14, 9000 Sankt Gallen, Switzerland

Summary

We survey the literature on the link of labour market related outcomes to individual 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 second part summarises parts of the epidemiological literature on health effects and the economic literature on the labour market effects as well as on the effects on well-being and social 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.

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The Journal of Economics and Statistics is a scientific journal published in Germany since 1863. The Journal publishes papers in all fields of economics and applied statistics. A specific focus is on papers combining theory with empirical analyses.

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