DO THEATERS MAXIMIZE ATTENDANCE OR REVENUE?

By Andrea Baldin and Trine Bille

Most performing arts organizations are characterized by a complex array of objectives than merely the maximization of revenue.  In this paper, we introduce a multi-objective optimization model that jointly considers pricing and seat allocation. The proposed model is validated with booking data referring to the Royal Danish theater during the period 2010–2015.
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TECHNOLOGICAL COMPETITION IN THE E-BOOK READERS’ MARKET

By Elisa Salvador and Pierre-Jean Benghozi

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The e-book revolution impacted all the phases of the traditional value chain of the book publishing sector, characterized by a secular business model. A comparative analysis of the technological characteristics – through an analytical and methodical codification – of all the versions of 6 well-known e-readers enabled to highlight that there is an attitude towards standardization linked to some specific minor specialization choices.

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RELIGION AND CULTURAL PARTICIPATION: WHAT THE EVIDENCE SHOWS

By Juan D. Montoro-Pons and Manuel Cuadrado-García

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Is there any link between religiousness and participation in the arts? This work identifies two dimensions of religiousness and estimates the impact these have on highbrow and lowbrow cultural participation. Evidence supports religiosity both as a means of building social relations (increasing participation in the arts) and of self-expression and attachment to a set of norms (decreasing arts consumption). Continue reading “RELIGION AND CULTURAL PARTICIPATION: WHAT THE EVIDENCE SHOWS”

THE PRICE OF A NAME: ART MARKET VALUATION OF PROVISIONAL NAMES (“THE MASTER OF …”)

By Kim Oosterlinck and Anne-Sophie Radermecker

The value of a painting is influenced above all by the artist who created it and his reputation. But what about those whose names have not survived the test of time? For these painters, art historians often create a provisional name describing attributes of the painter or of a painting of reference. Our research analyses how the market values these paintings.

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CULTURAL ECONOMICS EDUCATION: 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE MASTER IN CULTURAL ECONOMICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP

By Trilce Navarrete

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On 21 September 2018, a group of cultural economists from all ages joined for the 15-year anniversary of the first MA Cultural Economics and Entrepreneurship program to celebrate, to reflect on what is accomplished, and to look ahead. Continue reading “CULTURAL ECONOMICS EDUCATION: 15-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE MASTER IN CULTURAL ECONOMICS AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP”

THE POLITICIZATION IN THE SELECTION OF UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

By Enrico Bertacchini

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The UNESCO World Heritage List is considered one of the most successful international systems for the protection of heritage as a global public good. Yet, the decision-making process behind the selection of heritage sites to be included in the List has been recognized to be subject to mounting politicization. In a recent research we document quantitatively such possibility exploring in depth the decisions of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for the period 2003-2012.

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