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Can sport really help to meet the Millennium Development Goals? Evidence from children in Peru

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posted on 2016-07-08, 13:40 authored by Tim Pawlowski, Ute Schuttoff, Paul DownwardPaul Downward, Michael Lechner
In contrast to the popular policy claim that sport might serve as vehicle to meet the Millennium Development Goals, empirical evidence based on large-scale survey data is largely missing. We use panel data based on a cohort of children and employ propensity score matching to identify the effects of sports participation on child development in Peru. Our findings suggest that participation in a sports group has positive impacts on subjective health and a measure of social capital. However, and in contrast to developed countries, we find no statistically significant effects on well-being and human capital formation.



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Journal of Sports Economics


PAWLOWSKI, T. ... et al, 2016. Can sport really help to meet the Millennium Development Goals? Evidence from children in Peru. Journal of Sports Economics, 19 (4), pp.498-521.


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This paper was accepted for publication in the Journal of Sports Economics. The definitive version is available at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1527002516661601




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