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Title: Mozart or Pelé? The effects of teenagers’ participation in music and sports

Author(s): Charlotte Cabane, Adrian Hille and Michael Lechner

Publication Date: April 2015

Keyword(s): child development, leisure time activities, matching estimation and SOEP

Programme Area(s): Labour Economics

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 instru-mental variable estimation and a formal sensitivity analysis of the identifying assumptions, which does not reveal any serious problems.

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Cabane, C, Hille, A and Lechner, M. 2015. 'Mozart or Pelé? The effects of teenagers’ participation in music and sports'. London, Centre for Economic Policy Research. http://www.cepr.org/active/publications/discussion_papers/dp.php?dpno=10556