EconomistsTalkArt.org GOES ON VACATION

By The Editorial Team

The ETA (EconomistsTalkArt.org) Blog is now in the third year of existence. So far, we have published 60 posts with presentations of some of the best work done by cultural economists and other scholars, showcasing current research on culture and the arts from an economic perspective.

As usual, ETA will resume its work at the end of August with some great contributions published in leading journals in our field.

Until then, wishing you happy holidays, with inspiring readings – perhaps from our past posts or new finds in cultural economics !

The Editorial Team.

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CULTURAL ECONOMICS IN THE ASIA PACIFIC: THE LOW DOWN ON THE 20TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON CULTURAL ECONOMICS

By Bronwyn Coate and Tim R.L. Fry

From 26-29 June RMIT University was proud to host the 20th International Conference on Cultural Economics. This is the first time the conference has been hosted in the Southern Hemisphere. Delegates from 35 countries, attending ACEI, came from industry, government and academia and included a few artists as well.

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FISCAL AND ECONOMIC ASPECTS OF BOOK CONSUMPTION IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

By Karol Jan Borowiecki and Trilce Navarrete

One of the available and yet controversial tools in cultural policy at the national level is the reduction of VAT rates for cultural goods and services. We document the standard and reduced VAT rates in EU-28 countries in the period from 1993 to 2013 and explore the underlying determinants. We also show and estimate the exact positive effect of a fiscal rate reduction on the book expenditure.

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PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND RACIAL JUSTICE: A MATCH MADE IN THE ARTS

By Pier-Luc Dupont

While many institutions have recognised the arts’ potential contribution to intercultural dialogue, voter ethnocentrism or plain racism often make it arduous for policymakers to support foreign-origin artists and keep their own jobs. But what emerges when a social justice measure is brushed over in diplomatic hues? A surprising breakthrough may be the short answer. Continue reading “PUBLIC DIPLOMACY AND RACIAL JUSTICE: A MATCH MADE IN THE ARTS”

USING EXPERIMENTS TO ADDRESS PARTICIPATORY MANAGEMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE

By Mina Dragouni and Nikos Georgantzis

Despite the increasing popularity of community-inclusive, bottom-up management in the field of cultural heritage, researchers on the subject still face the challenge of limited naturally-occurring data of participatory processes. This hinders the systematic study on the subject, which would be necessary for informing implementation to the real world. Is there any other way to gather relevant data and escape from this vicious circle? Well, we’d better start experimenting! Literally.

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MULTIPLE ROADS TO BECOME SUCCESSFUL AS A DESIGNER

By Sofie Jacobs

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Independent designers work in a highly competitive and complex environment. Most studies research the growth of large design companies. However, the majority of independent designers is very small-sized or works as a freelancer. Small-sized independent designers have a higher chance to succeed when working full-time, developing a clear design line, owning a strong personal compass, and having a strong network.

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