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THE ARTS ALONE OR TOGETHER? TIME USE AS A MEASUREMENT OF THE VALUE OF THE ARTS

By Elisabetta Lazzaro and Carlofilippo Frateschi

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How can we measure the value of arts activities and practices taking into account individuals’ interactions? Is there a difference between participating in the arts when people are together or alone? We provide an alternative measurement of the economic value of the arts based on time use applied to couples’ participation offering useful insights to arts programmers, cultural policy makers and the society as a whole.

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DO CULTURAL MEGA EVENTS RAISE HAPPINESS?

By Lasse Steiner, Bruno S. Frey and Simone Hotz

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Does hosting the prestigious European Capital of Culture event influence the life satisfaction of the local population? We find a negative effect on the well-being of the regional population during the event. Better educated people suffer less as they benefit from the extended cultural supply.

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