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Sports Economics Research Group

 Sports Economics Research Group, headed by Professor Dr. Michael Lechner.

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“Sport: all forms of physical activity which, through casual or organized participation, aims at expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, forming social relationships or obtaining results in competition at all levels.”
Definition of sport set out by the Council of Europe in the White Paper on Sport 2007.

Sports economics is a recent and much diversified field of economics. As researchers also interested in health, labour and education economics as well as econometrics we focus on leisure sports participation and its impact on individual’s life. Several scientific data outline the importance of sports participation on health and well-being but also on education success and labour-market outcomes. Indeed, leisure time sports helps to maintain health, strength and good body shape at all ages. Sports are also a great way to de-stress and relax and thus prepares for another productive work day. It further thought to transmit values such as perseverance, solidarity, team spirit, fair-play, and so on, which are generally considered to be positive traits. Last, sport is a way of socializing and meeting people who do not form part of the traditional networks (professional and familial).

The goal of our research is to shed more light on these effects and their impact on individual health, labour market and educational outcomes of individuals of different ages and in different social contexts. We contribute to these goals by performing social experiments as well as by analysing observational data with rigorous econometric methods


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