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Do local public expenditures on sports facilities affect sports participation in Germany?

Carina Steckenleiter (), Michael Lechner, Tim Pawlowski and Ute Schüttoff ()

No 1905, Economics Working Paper Series from University of St. Gallen, School of Economics and Political Science

Abstract: This paper analyzes the effect of local public expenditures on sports facilities on sports participation in Germany. To this end, we construct a new database containing public expenditures at the municipality level and link this information with individual level data. We form locally weighted averages of expenditures based on geographic distances since people also benefit from expenditures of neighboring municipalities. We analyze how effects of sports facility expenditures change with different expenditures levels (“dose-response relationship”) and find no effect of local public expenditures on sports facilities on the probability to practice sports. These findings are robust across different age groups and municipality sizes.

Keywords: Sports; local public sports expenditure; continuous treatment; treatment effects doseresponse surface; semiparametric estimation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z20 H72 H75 C21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cul, nep-spo and nep-ure
Date: 2019-04
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