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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ASSERTING EMOTIONS FOR VIRTUAL REALITY: TOWARD EXPERIENCE SCORING

By Charles-Alexandre Delestage & Willy Yvart

Virtual reality has already met art and culture in its recent growth. Emotions, as an important part of everyone’s relation to the world, could give precious insights to favour its further development.

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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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GLOBALIZATION AND THE RISE OF ACTION MOVIES IN HOLLYWOOD

By Shi Qi and Tin Cheuk (Tommy) Leung

What has caused the influx of superheroes such as The Avengers and The Justice League in Hollywood in recent years? Leung and Qi (2021) empirically show that globalization plays a huge part, especially with the emergence of the Chinese market in which Action movies face fewer cultural and language barriers. 

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LET’S DANCE ! MEASURING EFFICIENCY IN THE DANCE SECTOR

By María José del Barrio Tellado and Luis César Herrero Prieto

Economic studies exploring dance have proliferated enormously recently, although they have failed to receive as much attention as other cultural goods and services, such as museums, theatres or symphony orchestras. We therefore present the results from two studies evaluating efficiency in the dance sector, focusing on two contrasting markets: the US market, in which most dance companies act as non-profit entities and in which fundraising proves crucial; and the Spanish market, where we evaluate the impact of a public programme supporting the dance through the participation of the agents involved (theatres, dance companies, and policy makers). Non-parametric frontier techniques, such as data envelopment analysis (DEA) and variations, are used to measure the efficiency of the stakeholders and efficacy of the programme.

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