Participation in Physical Activity and Government Spending on Parks and Recreation

15 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2007

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Brad R. Humphreys

West Virginia University - Department of Economics

Jane E. Ruseski

West Virginia University

Abstract

Physical inactivity is considered a major public health problem. We analyze participation in physical activity using data from a nationally representative sample of individuals in 1998 and 2000 augmented with additional state-level data on government spending on parks and recreation. We find considerable variation in participation and time spent in physical activity across different groups of physical activity. Spending on parks and recreation increases participation in group sports but reduces participation, and time spent, in walking for exercise, suggesting that parks and recreation spending may not be an effective policy tool for increasing physical activity.

Suggested Citation

Humphreys, Brad R. and Ruseski, Jane E., Participation in Physical Activity and Government Spending on Parks and Recreation. Contemporary Economic Policy, Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 538-552, October 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1026121 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1465-7287.2007.00079.x

Brad R. Humphreys (Contact Author)

West Virginia University - Department of Economics ( email )

Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

Jane E. Ruseski

West Virginia University ( email )

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Morgantown, WV 26506
United States

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