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DOES THE LONG-TAIL BENEFIT SMALL PUBLISHERS? EVIDENCE FROM THE FRENCH PUBLISHING INDUSTRY

By Stéphanie Peltier, Françoise Benhamou and Mamoudou Toure

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What does the long tail effect mean? In many industries, sales are concentrated on a few products in spite of the diversity of products available. The long-tail effect weakens the high level of concentration of sales. It compensates for a “winner-take-all” or a superstar phenomenon. But is there also a long-tail for small publishers?

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CAN TWO HEADS LEAD? THE ART VERSUS THE COMMERCE ORIENTED MANAGER IN FILM PROJECTS

By Joris Ebbers and Nachoem Wijnberg

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Film projects have a dual-leadership structure, based on a division of tasks between the director and the producer, with the former predominantly responsible for the artistic and the latter for the commercial aspects of the film. The 1st Assistant Director (1st AD), who is positioned hierarchically below and between these dual leaders, plays an important role in managing conflicts between art and commerce.

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TOURISTS AND MUSEUMS: WHEN LEISURE BECOMES LEARNING

By Juan Gabriel Brida, Chiara Dalle Nogare and Raffaele Scuderi

Are museums successful in their mission to disseminate culture, and as such, to be means for learning in the era of iconic consumption? Our findings seem to suggest that they can be places where informal learning occurs also for leisure-motivated tourists.

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FOR MUSEUMS, WITH RAIN COME CROWDS?

By Harold E. Cuffe

Weather is regarded as an important determinant of leisure choices, yet little attention has been paid to the ways that weather affects museum attendance. I find that rainfall generally increases attendance at a large national museum, on average. However, closer scrutiny of the data shows that weather can possess both encouraging and discouraging effects on attendance, depending upon the timing and persistence of the rain.

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THE PRINCESS OF ASTURIAS FOUNDATION OR HOW A NON-PROFIT INSTITUTION CAN BE EFFICIENT

By Víctor Fernández-Blanco and Ana Rodríguez-Álvarez

Competition and the internal logic of markets induce cultural firms and institutions to be efficient when market oriented. But, what happens in the case of non-profit organizations? They are beyond the market and their internal logic does not guarantee economic efficiency. In our article we explore the technical and allocative efficiency of The Princess of Asturias Foundation and confirm its good performance over the years.

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CULTURALLY-BIASED VOTING IN THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST: DO NATIONAL CONTESTS DIFFER?

By Julia Pannicke and Oliver Budzinski

Regarding the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) there are numerous controversies about discriminating and tactical voting. People vote for their neighbor countries and for countries with cultural similarities instead of evaluating simply the musical performance. If these biases were caused by the diversity of the different countries, voting biases should be less important for a national music contest with substantially more homogenous contestants. The question arises of whether biased voting occurs as well. Do national contests differ regarding their voting behavior? Is biased voting maybe unavoidable?

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