Journal article

The effect of school sports facilities on physical activity, health and socioeconomic status in adulthood

Nicole Black, David W Johnston, Carol Propper, Michael A Shields

Social Science and Medicine | Elsevier | Published : 2019


This paper focuses on the long-term impacts of attending a high school with inadequate sports facilities. We use prospective data from the British National Child Development Study, a continuing panel of a cohort of 17,634 children born in Great Britain during a single week of March 1958. Our empirical approach exploits the educational system they were exposed to: children were sorted by educational ability at age 11, but conditional on educational ability, attended their closest school. This produces quasi-random variation in the quality of the school sports facilities across respondents. We use this variation between cohort members residing within the same local authority area, and focus on..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work is based on analysis of data from the National Child Development Study (NCDS). The data was deposited at the UK Data Archive by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies (CLS) at the Institute of Education, University of London. NCDS is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. We are grateful to the CLS for the use of the NCDS and to the UK Data Service for making the data available. However, neither CLS nor the UK Data Service bear any responsibility for the analysis or interpretation of these data. We would like to thank all the cohort members, who generously gave their time to participate in the NCDS.