Analysis of the determinants of sports participation in Spain and England

KOKOLAKAKIS, Themis, LERA-LÓPEZ, Fernando and PANAGOULEAS, Thanos (2012). Analysis of the determinants of sports participation in Spain and England. Applied Economics, 44 (21), 2785-2798.

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This article investigates the role of sociodemographic characteristics, educational and economic variables on sports participation in a comparative way in two European countries: Spain and England. Adopting a broad concept of sport, as in the common European approach, we analyse the determinants of sports participation in 40 different professional and nonprofessional sports and recreational activities in both countries. The research involves a comparative analysis between the data of England and Spain based on two logistic regressions. The regression equation of every country tests the effect of 17 binary explanatory variables on a dependent binary variable for participation. Higher education level, professional occupation, younger age and being male are all factors associated with more sports participation. Although there is no difference in the direction of the factor effects on participation between England and Spain, there is considerable variation in their relative strength, which has sport policy implications in the two nations.

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Page Range: 2785-2798
Depositing User: Rebecca Jones
Date Deposited: 22 May 2012 10:43
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:31

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