Economic impacts of arts and culture

We understand the economic impact of arts and culture to mean specifically the benefit to the economy derived through employment within the cultural sector, export or sales of cultural goods and services, and activity within the cultural sector that has a broader commercial component or spin-off.

The summaries in this category are:

The economic impact of hosting a European Capital of Culture

This research was conducted by Andrej Srakar and Marilena Vecco at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia and Erasmus University Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

Summary

This article looked at the impact on the Slovenian city of Maribor of being the 2012 European Capital of Culture. It found that the event boosted tourism and …

How brand museums turn products into heritage

This research was conducted by Damien Chaney, Mathilde Pulh and Rémi Mencarelli at the Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne and two other institutions, France

Summary

This paper is about the museum of the Laughing Cow, the commercial brand of cheese manufactured by Bel Group. It shows how, through the use of a …

Using street art for sustainable urban tourism

This research was conducted by Montserrat Crespi-Vallbona and Oscar Mascarilla-Miró at the Universitat de Barcelona, Spain

Summary

This paper looked at how ‘mature tourist destinations’ sustainably attract new and returning visitors who are increasingly seeking novel, active and affective experiences. They studied the ‘Open Air Street Gallery’ in Barcelona – an example …

The Social Return on Investment from a public art project

This research was conducted by Dina Refki and three others at University at Albany State University of New York, USA

Summary

This paper summarises an attempt to measure the Social Return on Investment (SROI) from a public art project in three cities in upstate New York. The project was designed ‘to …

Measuring the social return on investment of an art gallery

This research was conducted by Andrew Jackson and Richard McManus at Canterbury Christ Church University

Summary

The paper describes a project to measure the social impact of Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate, UK during the 2015/16 financial year. The total investment by Turner Contemporary in the Lifelong Learning programme …

A vibrant cultural scene helps ensure a more efficient tourism sector

This research was conducted by Calogero Guccio, Domenico Lisi, Marco Martorana and Anna Mignos at the University of Catania, Italy

Summary

This paper looks at the relationship between levels of cultural engagement and the performance of tourist destinations in Italy. It found that the regions with higher levels of cultural activity …

The economic impact of a jazz festival in Italy

This research was conducted by Bruno Bracalentee, and five others at Perugia University, Italy

Summary

This paper examines the economic impact of a cultural event: the Umbria Jazz music festival. This study confronts the methodological challenges involved in estimating the number of visitors attracted by an event by using an impact …

By | 14 August 2018 |

The relationship between arts and gentrification

This research was conducted by Carl Grodach at Queensland University of Technology, Australia and Nicole Foster and James Murdoch III at the University of Texas Arlington, USA

Summary

The fine arts, such as the performing arts, museums and art schools have long been considered to have a positive association with neighbourhood …

By | 20 July 2018 |

The impact of jazz festivals

This research was conducted by Emma Webster and George McKay at the University of East Anglia

Summary

The UK is home to an estimated 200 jazz festivals. In an assessment of the literature around these diverse events, this research highlights their manifold impacts: from catalysing economic growth through to expanding social …

By | 26 March 2018 |

The impact of e-books and hardcovers on the paperback market in Japan

This research was conducted by Sumiko Asai at the Meiji University Chiyoda-ku, Japan

Summary

This study analysed the economics behind best-selling paperback novels in Japan, and how sales are affected by other available formats such as hardcover and e-books. The longer the time lapse between the publication of hardcovers and paperback …

By | 15 March 2018 |