It pays to play

From the Wall Street Journal Blog:

Using survey data that followed the lives of thousands of Germans from 1984 to 2006, the German Socio-Economic Panel study, Mr. [Michael] Lechner [of the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland] found that sports-playing adults saw a boost in income of about 1,200 euros per year over 16 years when compared to their less active peers. That translates into a 5-10% rate of return on sports activities, roughly equal to the benefit of an extra year’s worth of education.

Here’s the rest of the article.


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