The closer the sportier? On the level of children's sport activity and their distance to sports facilities

(2011), European Review of Ageing and Physical Activity, 8(2):67-82 (with A. Steinmayr & M. Lechner)

We investigate whether the distance between the next sports facilities and children’s homes matter for their sports activities inside and outside of sports clubs. Our analysis is based on a large and informative cross-section of individual data on children and their families, the so-called German Health Interview and Examination Survey for Children and Adolescents data. We use a semiparametric econometric method to investigate this relationship empirically. Our results suggest that while the distance does not matter in larger towns and cities, it does matter in smaller towns and in particular on the countryside.