Sport participation and subjective well-being: Instrumental variable results from German survey data

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Sport participation and subjective well-being: Instrumental variable results from German survey data. / Ruseski, Jane E; Humphreys, Brad R; Hallmann, Kirstin; Wicker, Pamela; Breuer, Christoph.

In: Journal of Physical Activity & Health, Vol. 11, No. 2, 2014, p. 396-403.

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@article{2566c8b0bb804c5ba2b6dd61957622e2,
title = "Sport participation and subjective well-being: Instrumental variable results from German survey data",
abstract = "BACKGROUND: A major policy goal of many ministries of sport and health is increased participation in sport to promote health. A growing literature is emerging about the benefits of sport participation on happiness. A challenge in establishing a link between sport participation and happiness is controlling for endogeneity of sport participation in the happiness equation.METHODS: This study seeks to establish causal evidence of a relationship between sport participation and self reported happiness using instrumental variables (IV).RESULTS: IV estimates based on data from a 2009 population survey living in Rheinberg, Germany indicate that individuals who participate in sport have higher life happiness. The results suggest a U-shaped relationship between age and self-reported happiness. Higher income is associated with greater self-reported happiness, males are less happy than females, and single individuals are less happy than nonsingles.CONCLUSIONS: Since the results are IV, this finding is interpreted as a causal relationship between sport participation and subjective well-being (SWB). This broader impact of sport participation on general happiness lends support to the policy priority of many governments to increase sport participation at all levels of the general population.",
keywords = "Adult, Age Factors, Aged, Female, Germany, Happiness, Health Surveys, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Motor Activity, Personal Satisfaction, Population Surveillance, Quality of Life, Questionnaires, Socioeconomic Factors, Sports, Young Adult",
author = "Ruseski, {Jane E} and Humphreys, {Brad R} and Kirstin Hallmann and Pamela Wicker and Christoph Breuer",
year = "2014",
doi = "10.1123/jpah.2012-0001",
language = "English",
volume = "11",
pages = "396--403",
journal = "Journal of Physical Activity & Health",
issn = "1543-5474",
publisher = "Human Kinetics Publishers Inc.",
number = "2",

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T1 - Sport participation and subjective well-being: Instrumental variable results from German survey data

AU - Ruseski, Jane E

AU - Humphreys, Brad R

AU - Hallmann, Kirstin

AU - Wicker, Pamela

AU - Breuer, Christoph

PY - 2014

Y1 - 2014

N2 - BACKGROUND: A major policy goal of many ministries of sport and health is increased participation in sport to promote health. A growing literature is emerging about the benefits of sport participation on happiness. A challenge in establishing a link between sport participation and happiness is controlling for endogeneity of sport participation in the happiness equation.METHODS: This study seeks to establish causal evidence of a relationship between sport participation and self reported happiness using instrumental variables (IV).RESULTS: IV estimates based on data from a 2009 population survey living in Rheinberg, Germany indicate that individuals who participate in sport have higher life happiness. The results suggest a U-shaped relationship between age and self-reported happiness. Higher income is associated with greater self-reported happiness, males are less happy than females, and single individuals are less happy than nonsingles.CONCLUSIONS: Since the results are IV, this finding is interpreted as a causal relationship between sport participation and subjective well-being (SWB). This broader impact of sport participation on general happiness lends support to the policy priority of many governments to increase sport participation at all levels of the general population.

AB - BACKGROUND: A major policy goal of many ministries of sport and health is increased participation in sport to promote health. A growing literature is emerging about the benefits of sport participation on happiness. A challenge in establishing a link between sport participation and happiness is controlling for endogeneity of sport participation in the happiness equation.METHODS: This study seeks to establish causal evidence of a relationship between sport participation and self reported happiness using instrumental variables (IV).RESULTS: IV estimates based on data from a 2009 population survey living in Rheinberg, Germany indicate that individuals who participate in sport have higher life happiness. The results suggest a U-shaped relationship between age and self-reported happiness. Higher income is associated with greater self-reported happiness, males are less happy than females, and single individuals are less happy than nonsingles.CONCLUSIONS: Since the results are IV, this finding is interpreted as a causal relationship between sport participation and subjective well-being (SWB). This broader impact of sport participation on general happiness lends support to the policy priority of many governments to increase sport participation at all levels of the general population.

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KW - Age Factors

KW - Aged

KW - Female

KW - Germany

KW - Happiness

KW - Health Surveys

KW - Humans

KW - Male

KW - Middle Aged

KW - Motor Activity

KW - Personal Satisfaction

KW - Population Surveillance

KW - Quality of Life

KW - Questionnaires

KW - Socioeconomic Factors

KW - Sports

KW - Young Adult

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