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Human capital and artists’ labour markets.

Towse, R., 2006. Human capital and artists’ labour markets. In: Ginsburgh, V. and Throsby, D., eds. Handbook of the Economics of Arts and Culture. Amsterdam, Netherlands: North-Holland/ Elsevier, 865-894.

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It is argued that human capital theory applies only weakly to artists’ decisions about investment in schooling and training and about occupational choice. However, the same can be said about the sorting model. What is lacking in cultural economics is an understanding of talent and creativity, what economic factors motivate artists and how creativity can be encouraged as part of government cultural policy. Bringing social and cultural capital into the equation do not seem to add much in the way of understanding artists’ labour markets. A novel argument is made that the reproducibility of works of art in combination with copyright law alters the established view that human capital cannot be separated from labour, in this case that of the artist.

Item Type:Book Section
Series Name:Handbooks in Economics
Number of Pages:1400
Uncontrolled Keywords:human capital, labour markets, artists’ training JEL Classifications: Z1, J24, I21, K11,H4
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:16264
Deposited By: Professor Ruth Towse LEFT
Deposited On:26 Sep 2010 11:23
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 13:35


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