By Kevin F. McCarthy, Elizabeth Heneghan Ondaatje, Laura Zakaras, Arthur Brooks

ISBN-10: 0833036947

ISBN-13: 9780833036940

This examine deals a brand new framework for figuring out how the humanities create deepest and public worth, highlights the significance of the humanities intrinsic merits and indentifies how either instrumental and instrinsic merits are created.

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Seaman (2000), for example, asserts that spending on the arts merely substitutes for what would otherwise be spending on other goods and services. As a result, he and others have argued that it is more appropriate to compare gross direct spending and ____________ 15 Hedonic approaches essentially assess the contribution that various attributes of a housing unit and its location contribute to total housing value by regressing the value on those characteristics. 16 Evaluation of the Literature As this review indicates, the studies documenting the instrumental benefits of the arts vary greatly in focus, methods used, and analytical rigor.

See, for example, Richard Deasy’s Critical Links: Learning in the Arts and Student Academic and Social Development (2002) and Judith Weitz’s Coming Up Taller (1996). Also see RAND reports on prosocial effects: McArthur and Law’s The Arts and Prosocial Impact Study: A Review of Current Programs and Literature (1996); Instrumental Benefits: What Research Tells Us—And What It Does Not 11 a substantial subset of them focus on young people whose prior behavior or background has led them to be considered at risk for problem behavior.

Some economists dispute the validity of the multipliers used in economic studies because they assume that spending on the arts represents a net addition to a local economy rather than simply a substitute for other types of spending. At issue is whether investments in the arts sector, such as a new performing arts center, should be deducted from the additional spending that such an investment generates or whether the gross addition to total arts spending is the appropriate measure of the economic benefit.

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