Economics at your fingertips  

Does music soothe the soul? Evaluating the impact of a music education programme in Medellin, Colombia

Jonathan Daniel Gómez-Zapata (), Luis César Herrero and Beatriz Rodríguez-Prado ()
Additional contact information
Jonathan Daniel Gómez-Zapata: National University of Colombia in Medellin (UNAL)
Beatriz Rodríguez-Prado: University of Valladolid (UVa)

Journal of Cultural Economics, 2021, vol. 45, issue 1, No 4, 63-104

Abstract: Abstract Numerous studies have borne out the effects of cultural and music education on individuals’ well-being, considering music as a mainly systematic practice or skill or as established educational supply. However, few studies assess the impact of music programmes designed to achieve specific goals, where music is considered as a tool for social change. As a case study, we take the Medellin Music School Network (Colombia), whose education programme for music initiation has been running for 23 years. Our aim is to evaluate the economic and social impact generated by participating in this programme. We use a quasi-experimental propensity score matching technique as the evaluation method. Results show that the programme significantly reduces the probability of participants’ becoming involved in conflict, added to which they perceive a better quality of life. Students achieve better academic performance and intensify cultural consumption and participation in artistic activities. Institutional efficacy is reflected through beneficiaries expressing a positive and significant willingness to pay in order to maintain the programme. The work also aims to evidence the usefulness of the methodology for evaluating the impact of cultural policies, particularly in developing areas.

Keywords: Cultural economics; Music training; Cultural policy evaluation; Propensity score matching; Efficacy (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C13 H53 O12 Z11 Z18 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: View citations in EconPapers (2) Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link) Abstract (text/html)
Access to full text is restricted to subscribers.

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link:

Ordering information: This journal article can be ordered from
http://www.springer. ... cs/journal/10824/PS2

DOI: 10.1007/s10824-020-09387-z

Access Statistics for this article

Journal of Cultural Economics is currently edited by Federico Etro and Douglas Noonan

More articles in Journal of Cultural Economics from Springer, The Association for Cultural Economics International Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by Sonal Shukla () and Springer Nature Abstracting and Indexing ().

Page updated 2023-11-13
Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:45:y:2021:i:1:d:10.1007_s10824-020-09387-z