Eastern European Business and Economics Journal

Does Sporting Activity Foster Career Advancement?

 

 

Michael Mueller

 

Mueller M. 2016. Does Sporting Activity Foster Career Advancement? Eastern European Business and Economics Journal 2(4): 285-298.

 

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Reviewers:

 

Daniela-Tatiana AGHEORGHIESEI (CORODEANU), Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iasi;

Roberto BANDE, University of Santiago De Compostela, Spain;

Sabina IRIMIE, University of Petrosani, Romania;

Enrico IVALDI, University of Genova, Italy.

 

Abstract:

It has been shown empirically several times before that wages are higher for employees who are more active in sports. This was attributed to higher assertiveness and better social skills, among other things. Using the German Socio-Economic Panel (GSOEP), this study analyses whether active participation in sports fosters occupational promotion or the transfer of managerial responsibility. Personality traits of the promoted employees are also examined in order to determine whether they are in fact better suited for leadership positions. The results show that the probability of a promotion is significantly higher for individuals who participate more often in sports. Furthermore, personality traits that are more advantageous for leadership positions can be detected in the promoted employees in a higher degree.

 

Keywords:

GSOEP, Leadership, Personality Traits, Promotion, Sporting Activity

 

JEL classification:

J24, L83, M51, Z22

 

Language:

English

 

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