The Impact of Art-Education on Human Capital: An Empirical Assessment of a Youth Orchestra


 International Journal of Educational Development
Otros Autores: Juan Pablo Valenzuela

Research on the causal relation between extracurricular activities and the development of cognitive and socio- emotional outcomes is scarce at the individual level, despite increasing international evidence that such activ- ities are highly relevant and even, in some cases, more e ective than traditional school improvement support programs. Based on an unprecedented intervention in the area of music, this paper evaluates the impact of intensive participation of children and young at-risk students in the creation and development of the rst youth orchestra of the municipality of Curanilahue, a small and poor county in the south of Chile, South America. After confronting many potential sources of selection bias in the impact estimation–self-selection, parents selection, orchestra selection, payment capacity–we found positive e ects of this experience on participants at both the cognitive and socio-emotional levels. We found that orchestra participation positively a ects both language and mathematics in SAT-like tests. The estimated impacts are in the upper bound of the impact evaluation sizes range in the developing world (e.g. Du o et al., 2013; McEwan, 2012; Ganimian and Murnane, 2016). Furthermore, having analyzed the increase in test scores for those students participating in the orchestra who take the test more than once, we nd results that indicate a progressive increase in their scores, both in mathematics and in language, an indicator that can be considered as a proxy of socio-emotional outcomes related to the orientation and persistence to obtain personal goals.

Como citar: Egana-delSol, Pablo & Contreras, Dante & Valenzuela, Juan Pablo, 2019. "The impact of art-education on human Capital: An empirical assessment of a youth orchestra," International Journal of Educational Development, Elsevier, vol. 71(C).