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Title: Quality Leisure Time and Youth Development

Author(s): Benjamin Fuchs and Aderonke Osikominu

Publication Date: June 2016

Keyword(s): Human Capital, leisure activities, nonacademic skills, sports, treatment effect and youth development

Programme Area(s): Labour Economics

Abstract: 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.

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Fuchs, B and Osikominu, A. 2016. 'Quality Leisure Time and Youth Development'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research.