DP11330 Quality Leisure Time and Youth Development
|Author(s):||Benjamin Fuchs, Aderonke Osikominu|
|Publication Date:||June 2016|
|Keyword(s):||Human Capital, leisure activities, nonacademic skills, sports, treatment effect, youth development|
|JEL(s):||I21, J13, J24|
|Programme Areas:||Labour Economics|
|Link to this Page:||www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=11330|
This paper first develops a simple model to clarify the links between leisure time use and skill formation. It then explores empirically how youths allocate their time. We focus on sports as a popular activity and estimate its effect on behavioral and economic outcomes. We exploit data from the German Socio-Economic Panel that offers the unique advantage of both a large, representative sample and high quality behavioral measures. We employ a flexible strategy combining propensity score matching and regression to account for self selection. Our results suggest that structured leisure activities like sports contribute to the development of nonacademic skills.