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Neuroticism and Sport: How Personality affects Lifestyle in the UK

Rowan Cherodian, Adelina Gschwandtner (), Sarah Jewell and Uma Kambhampati

Studies in Economics from School of Economics, University of Kent

Abstract: In recent years, researchers have become increasingly aware of the impact that personality traits have on individual lifestyle decisions, both positive and negative. Using longitudinal data from a large household survey as well as genetic information from the UK, the present study unveils the causal relationship between neuroticism as a personality trait and sports activity. Our results suggest that neuroticism leads individuals to perform less sports activities. While this result is intuitive, our method establishes causality and draws attention to the difficulty of policy in this area. In particular, one of the main ways recommended to help improve neuroticism is exercise but our results indicate that neurotic individuals are less likely to take up sporting activity. In this context, tailoring lifestyle recommendations to personality would significantly improve their results and help increase the efficacy of health policy. This is important to reduce the economic burden of ill health.

Keywords: Big5 Personality Traits; Neuroticism; Exercise; Lifestyle; Personalized Medical Care (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C18 D91 I12 I14 I31 Z20 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022-12
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-hea, nep-neu and nep-spo
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