Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/58732
Authors: 
Felfe, Christina
Lechner, Michael
Steinmayr, Andreas
Year of Publication: 
2011
Series/Report no.: 
Discussion Paper series, Forschungsinstitut zur Zukunft der Arbeit 6105
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 effect of sports club participation, one of the most popular extra-curricular activities, on children's skill development. Our results indicate positive effects: both cognitive skills, measured by school performance, and overall non-cognitive skills improve by 0.13 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.
Subjects: 
skill formation
non-cognitive skills
physical activity
semi-parametric estimation
JEL: 
J24
J13
I12
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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