Working Paper No. 1180

Exercise Improves Academic Performance

Published: September 8, 2017Pages: 49Keywords: Economics of education; Human capital formation; Behavior change; Field experiment JEL-codes: C93; I12; I18; I21; Z20

Exercise Improves Academic Performance Alexander W. Cappelen, Gary Charness, Mathias Ekström, Uri Gneezy and Bertil Tungodden


We report the results of a randomized controlled trial testing whether incentivizing physical exercise improves the academic performance of college students. As expected, the intervention increases physical activity.

The main result is that it generates a strong and significant improvement in academic performance, particularly for students who struggled at the baseline in terms of lifestyle habits. We also provide evidence on the underlying mechanisms: Students who were incentivized to exercise have a healthier life style and improved self-control.

Overall, the study demonstrates that incentivizing students to exercise can be an important tool in improving educational achievements.

Mathias Ekström

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