Music to my ears: the (many) socioeconomic benefits of music training programmes
Jose Cuesta ()
Applied Economics Letters, 2011, vol. 18, issue 10, 915-918
A simple cost-benefit analysis is used to estimate substantive social benefits associated with a universal music training programme in Venezuela (B/C ratio of 1.68). Those social benefits accrue from both reduced school dropouts and declining community victimization. Biases affecting these results (omission of other social benefits and selection bias) work in opposite directions, which reduce the potential error associated with the results. This evidence of important social benefits adds to the already existing evidence of individual gains reported by the developmental psychology literature.
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