Cultural Economics

Cultural Economics

by Ruth Towse
     
 

Cultural economics as a field of research involves two areas, culture and economy. These two areas have been traditionally regarded as each other's antithesis. However,
the economic aspects of culture have increasingly become a matter of everyday reality for persons working in the cultural field. The economy of culture has always been in the focus of political… See more details below

Overview

Cultural economics as a field of research involves two areas, culture and economy. These two areas have been traditionally regarded as each other's antithesis. However,
the economic aspects of culture have increasingly become a matter of everyday reality for persons working in the cultural field. The economy of culture has always been in the focus of political interest. Political decisions concerning such priority areas as the development of regional institutions, support to the artists and cultural programmes for children and youth have important economic implications. This book deals with a range of topics in cultural economics. It contains original papers by economists workingin the field from 15 different countries and covers a host of both theoretical and practical issues,
covering the performing arts, arts marketsand museums. It represents an up-to-date statement of the application of economic ideas to cultural questions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780387551999
Publisher:
Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
Publication date:
05/01/1992
Pages:
293

Table of Contents

Section I: Policy and Policy Evaluation.- 1. Economics, Cultural Values and Cultural Policies.- 2. Public Choice and Public Funding of the Arts.- 3. Problems of Planning Cultural Programs under Endogenous Tastes.- 4 The Rationale for Public Funding of a National Museum.- 5. Assessing and Financing Cultural Investments.- 6. The Wexford Opera Festival: A Case for Public Funding?.- 7. Trends in Art Policy: The Dutch Case.- Section II: Pricing Issues.- 8. Some Unanswered Questions in the Economics of Art.- 9. Auction of Works of Art.- 10. Factors Affecting Price on the Contemporary Art Market.- 11. The Classification of Prices: An International Comparative Inquiry into the Admission Prices for Cultural Events.- Section III: Audiences for the Arts.- 12. Art Productivity in the Information Age.- 13. Risk, Risk Aversion and the Demand for Performing Arts.- 14. Museum Visitor Surveys: An Overview, 1930–1990.- Section IV: Trade in Cultural Goods.- 15. Considerations in Adapting Industrial Organization Theory to the International Trade in Cultural Goods.- 16. The Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement: Provisions Directly and Indirectly Affecting Trade in Cultural Product.- Section V: Artists’ Earnings.- 17. Why and How to Define an Artist: Types of Definitions and Their Implications for Empirical Research Results.- 18. Toward a Unified Theory of the Determinants of the Earnings of Artists.- 19. Artists as Workers.- 20. The Earnings of Singers: An Economic Analysis.- Section VI: Country Studies.- 21. On the Economics of the Performing Arts in the USSR and the USA: A Preliminary Comparison of the Data.- 22. Cultural Policy in an Era of Budgetary Stringency and Fiscal Decentralization: The U.S. Experience.- 23. A Cultural Good Called Venice.- 24. Thaliametrics — A Case Study of Copenhagen Theatre Market.- 25. Art Costs and Subsidies: The Case of Norwegian Performing Arts.- 26. Socio-Economic Characteristics of Audiences for Western Classical Music in Japan: A Statistical Analysis.- Author’s index.

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