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”

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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DOUBLE JEOPARDY – MORE FLEXIBLE SUBSCRIPTION TICKETS AND HIGHER TICKET PRICES

By Jeffrey Pompe, Lawrence Tamburri and Johnathan Munn

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Symphony orchestras have increasingly relied on flexible ticket subscriptions and higher ticket prices for revenue generation. We found that relying on flexible ticket subscriptions may decrease total ticket sales. We discuss how more flexible subscription sales combined with higher ticket prices can have deleterious effects on symphony orchestra finances.

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MORE THAN PLAYER SKILLS: VARIETY IN THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY

By Daniel Kaimann, Nadja Stroh-Maraun and Joe Cox

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Consumers value variety, also in videogames. We find greater video game engagement when both skills and variety preference are considered to match gamers in teams. We also find that too much variety can lead to disengagement.   Continue reading “MORE THAN PLAYER SKILLS: VARIETY IN THE VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY”

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