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Exploring spillovers between government quality and individual health production through sport and physical activity

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posted on 21.10.2016, 09:26 by Pamela Wicker, Paul DownwardPaul Downward
Research question: The purpose of this study is to examine whether and how government quality is related to individual health production through sport and physical activity. Previous research has only examined the role of government through the lens of government spending and provision of facilities, but not the role of government quality per se. Research methods: Individual survey data from the 2013 Eurobarometer (n=20,419) were combined with data on government quality and expenditure as well as GDP for 21 European countries. The sport and physical activity measures reflect whether an individual’s activity level (including or excluding walking) is below the guidelines of the World Health Organization, meets, or exceeds them, securing extra health benefits. Results and findings: The results of multi-level models show that government quality is significantly and positively associated with individual sport and physical activity meeting or exceeding the guidelines, controlling for GDP and government spending. The empirical evidence suggests that there are spillovers between government quality and individual health production through sport and physical activity. Implications: The findings indicate that a more open and accountable government can provide the regulatory framework and tolerance required for more effective structural delivery of sport and physical activity in society.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

European Sport Management Quarterly

Volume

17

Issue

2

Pages

244-264

Citation

WICKER, P. and DOWNWARD, P., 2016. Exploring spillovers between government quality and individual health production through sport and physical activity. European Sport Management Quarterly, 17 (2), pp. 244-264.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis © European Association for Sport Management

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

04/10/2016

Publication date

2016-11-29

Copyright date

2017

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in European Sport Management Quarterly on 29 November 2016, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/16184742.2016.1257038.

ISSN

1618-4742

eISSN

1746-031X

Language

en