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CEP discussion paper
Childhood Sporting Activities and Adult Labour-Market Outcomes
Charlotte Cabane and Andrew E. Clark
December 2013
Paper No' CEPDP1253:
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JEL Classification: J24; J13; L83; I2

Tags: job characteristics; education; sport; school

We here ask whether sports participation at school is positively correlated with adult labour-market outcomes. There are many potential channels for this effect, although, as usual, identifying a causal relationship is difficult. We appeal to two widely-separated waves of Add Health data to map out the correlation between school sports and adult labour-market outcomes. We show that different types of school sports are associated with different types of jobs and labour-market insertion when adult. We take the issue of the endogeneity of sport seriously and use data on siblings in order to obtain estimates that are as close to unbiased as possible. Last, we compare the effect of sporting activities to that of other leisure activities.