Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/110687
Authors: 
Lichter, Andreas
Pestel, Nico
Sommer, Eric
Year of Publication: 
2015
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 8964
Abstract: 
In this paper, we estimate the causal effect of ambient air pollution on individuals' productivity by using panel data on the universe of professional soccer players in Germany over the period 1999-2011. Combining this data with hourly information on the concentration of particulate matter in spatial proximity to each stadium at the time of kickoff, we exploit exogenous variation in the players' exposure to air pollution due to match scheduling rules that are beyond the control of teams and players. Our analysis shows negative and non-linear effects of air pollution on short-run productivity. We further find that the effect increases with age and is stronger in case players face an additional physical burden.
Subjects: 
air pollution
productivity
soccer
sports data
Germany
JEL: 
J24
Q51
Q53
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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