UNDERSTANDING URBAN ALTERNATIVE CULTURAL PRODUCTION

By Enrico Bertacchini and Francesco Puletti

From the ashes of the creative city paradigm, there is a growing awareness of the urban creative economy as a complex adaptive system of intertwined actors and institutions. Yet, especially in the European context, little attention has been given to understanding informal and alternative art spaces and venues that contribute to the vibrancy of the urban cultural scene.

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INTERNALIZING PRODUCTION COST AND CHANGES OF TASTES: MORE RECENT THEATRE PLAYS FEATURE FEWER ROLES

By Sacit Hadi Akdede, Victor Ginsburgh and Aynur Uçkaç 

We all know the big productions of older classical theatre have full imposing casts yet theatre productions are progressively losing cast size. Is this a response to changes in consumer taste or simply a way to lower the growing production costs?

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DOES COPYRIGHTS INCREASE CREATIVITY? LESSONS FROM ITALIAN OPERA DURING THE NAPOLEONIC AGE

By Michela Giorcelli and Petra Moser

Copyrights establish intellectual property rights in creative goods, from literature and science to images, film, and music. This work shows that the introduction of copyrights increases the quantity and the quality of creative output. Copyright extensions beyond the life of the original creator, however, have minimal effects on creativity.

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HOW TICKET PRICES TO SWEDISH OPERA HOUSES AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY EXCLUSIVE

By Staffan Albinsson

Ambitions for social inclusion have guided the publicly funded opera houses and symphony orchestras since the early twentieth century. However, this explicit policy goal has not influenced ticket prices during the last four decades. The successive ticket price increases have resulted in a situation where only the better off attend the performances.

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GEOGRAPHIES OF FLOWERS AND FLOWER POWER: DO ARTS AND ECOLOGY AFFECT POLITICAL BEHAVIOR?

By Annie Tubadji and Valentina Montalto

In a moment of raising inequalities and high political discontent magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic, it becomes of utmost importance to find effective ways not only to make people happy (again) but also to channel people’s dissatisfaction through constructive political debate. Using microdata from the World Values Survey, we study the relationship between ecological and arts activism and political behavior.

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