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Mozart or Pelé? The Effects of Teenagers' Participation in Music and Sports

Charlotte Cabane, Adrian Hille () and Michael Lechner

No 8987, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract: Using data from the German Socio-Economic Panel, this paper analyses the effects of spending part of adolescents' leisure time on playing music or doing sports, or both. We find that while playing music fosters educational outcomes compared to doing sports, particularly so for girls and children from more highly educated families, doing sports improves subjective health. For educational outcomes, doing both activities appeared to be most successful. The results are subjected to an extensive robustness analysis including instrumental variable estimation and a formal sensitivity analysis of the identifying assumptions, which does not reveal any serious problems.

Keywords: child development; leisure time activities; matching estimation; SOEP (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z28 Z29 I12 I18 J24 L83 C21 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-dem and nep-spo
Date: 2015-04
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