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”

THE IMPACT OF ARTISTS ON CONTEMPORARY URBAN DEVELOPMENT

By Monika Murzyn-Kupisz and Jarosław Działek

Cities have always functioned as focal points of civilisational and economic development, innovation and creativity, enabling regions and countries to uphold or improve their competitive position. Existing theoretical concepts referring to or incorporating artists seem too general and insufficient as full explanations of spatial and entrepreneurial patterns of artists’ activities in the urban space and further research seems necessary. We present a comprehensive edition, including case studies across all Europe. Continue reading “THE IMPACT OF ARTISTS ON CONTEMPORARY URBAN DEVELOPMENT”

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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