publication . Research . 2017

Do High School Sports Build or Reveal Character?

Ransom, Michael R.; Ransom, Tyler;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 Jan 2017
  • Publisher: Bonn: Institute of Labor Economics (IZA)
Abstract
We examine the extent to which participation in high school athletics has beneficial effects on future education, labor market, and health outcomes. Due to the absence of plausible instruments in observational data, we use recently developed methods that relate selection on observables with selection on unobservables to estimate bounds on the causal effect of athletics participation. We analyze these effects in the US separately for men and women using three different nationally representative longitudinal data sets that each link high school athletics participation with later-life outcomes. We do not find consistent evidence of individual benefits reported in m...
Subjects
free text keywords: I20, J24, human capital, high school sports, ddc:330
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