THE POLITICIZATION IN THE SELECTION OF UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

By Enrico Bertacchini

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The UNESCO World Heritage List is considered one of the most successful international systems for the protection of heritage as a global public good. Yet, the decision-making process behind the selection of heritage sites to be included in the List has been recognized to be subject to mounting politicization. In a recent research we document quantitatively such possibility exploring in depth the decisions of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee for the period 2003-2012.

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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”

EconomistsTalkArt.org GOES ON VACATION

By The Editorial Team

The ETA (EconomistsTalkArt.org) Blog is now in the third year of existence. So far, we have published 60 posts with presentations of some of the best work done by cultural economists and other scholars, showcasing current research on culture and the arts from an economic perspective.

As usual, ETA will resume its work at the end of August with some great contributions published in leading journals in our field.

Until then, wishing you happy holidays, with inspiring readings – perhaps from our past posts or new finds in cultural economics !

The Editorial Team.

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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”

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