CREATIVITY AND THE CITY: TESTING THE ATTENUATION OF AGGLOMERATION ECONOMIES FOR THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

By Eva Coll-Martinez

Creative service industries (CSI)’s agglomeration rapidly decays with distance. This fact suggests that for CSI higher expected returns in terms of productivity arise from being agglomerated at the city centre. However, previous studies have not discussed how market potential effects could mitigate the agglomeration advantages for CSI. In this regard, I estimate the effects of having more near CSI firms on productivity in Barcelona controlling for specific neighbouring characteristics as demand factors and cultural amenities.

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CULTURAL DIVERSITY OF THE FILM INDUSTRY IN THE EU

By Georgios Alaveras, Estrella Gomez-Herrera and Bertin Martens

This paper explores new data sources on multilateral trade in films among EU countries and with the USA in offline cinema and in online video-on-demand distribution. We observe variations in trade patterns across countries and films and explore how they affect cultural diversity.

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DATA-DRIVEN CULTURE, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE CREATIVITY

By Christian Peukert

Digitization has made a large impact on the cultural industries in the past 20 years. With a new wave of technologies arriving, it will be important to understand the economic implications of data and artificial intelligence that complements, or perhaps substitutes for human creativity with regards to cultural participation, copyright and the industrial organization of culture.

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CULTURAL PROXIMITY MATTERS IN TIMES OF CRISIS

By Maria Masood Dechevrens and Céline Carrère

While the positive effect of sharing common cultural traits on bilateral trade flows has been abundantly confirmed in empirical trade analyses, the role of cultural proximity in times of crisis has been uncovered for the first time in an economic article recently published.

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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”

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