MUSEUM FUNDING IN TIMES OF COVID-19 CRISIS

By Carmen Camarero, Maria José Garrido, and Eva Vicente

In the current health and economic crisis triggered by Covid-19, the future of museums is facing a major financial challenge, a challenge that has appeared when the echoes of the previous crisis are still ringing. Indeed, this crisis has reopened the debate over museum funding.

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DO ITALIAN MUSEUMS REALLY COMPETE IN SERVICES?

By Roberto Cellini, Tiziana Cuccia and Domenico Lisi

Museums have experienced great changes over the past years. The weight attributed to traditional functions (collection, conservation, research and exhibition), and the way in which these functions are perceived, have been changing. Complementary services have been gaining importance, contributing to enlarge the audience and to lead visitors into “edutainment” experiences. In Italy, we find significant spatial effects (i.e., influence from the neighbours) in the provision of complementary services by museums. However, their relevance is different for public and private museums, and across types of service. From these pieces of evidence, we can learn something about the nature of competition among museums in Italy.

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EconomistsTalkArt.org wishes you happy holidays and a great new year 2021!

By The Editorial Team

The Editorial Team of EconomistsTalkArt.org wishes you a happy start into the New Year!

The blog started as an idea among four young scholars in 2015. In November, the blog has been celebrating its fifth birthday and ends the year with yet another set of record numbers: 9400+ recurring visitors, 16700+ views in 2020, 25 articles per year.

The blog continues to be one of central dissemination tools of the work of cultural economists around the world.

In this year, members of the blog editorial have also been at the forefront in the forming of CEOS – Cultural Economics Online Seminar, starting in January 2021.

This year, 2021, also brings the main regular cultural economic event, 21st ACEI Conference in Lille from 6-9 July, 2021.

We sincerely hope the New Year will continue providing you with the pleasure of reading posts written by leading authors in cultural economics.

With best wishes,

Editorial Team: Cedric, Christiane, Trilce, Elisa, Andrej and Marie.

CULTURAL HERITAGE AND NATURAL DISASTERS: THE INSURANCE CHOICE OF THE ITALIAN CATHEDRALS

By Francesco De Masi and Donatella Porrini

Given the threat of natural disasters to Cultural Heritage, this paper aims to analyze the diffusion of insurance contracts among Italian Cathedrals. As effective countermeasure against catastrophes, this risk management strategy is evaluated with the aim to contribute to the scientific debate on finding out how to protect Cultural Heritage.

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“IN THE MOOD FOR TECHNOLOGY?”: DIGITAL AND CINEMA

By Pierre-Jean Benghozi

Digital companies have invested the film industry by imposing their economic models. Meanwhile, a less disruptive “Art and Science” model of innovation has also emerged, with balanced relations with the players in place. These new technical intermediaries in the cinema are empowering themselves around skills and innovation platforms affecting all segments of the industry.

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INVENTING CULINARY HERITAGE

By Sophie Marie Cappelen and Jesper Strandgaard Pedersen

How can you invent a novel cuisine and culinary heritage? The study explores how a group of organisational actors constructs and employs historical narratives to authenticate, legitimise and mobilise support for a new, local cuisine, claimed to be temporally anchored in an unspecified ancient past. Conducting an in-depth case study of a culinary movement based in Istanbul, Turkey, three forms of ambiguity are identified that enable the construction of a common culinary heritage.

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