Journal of Cultural Economics

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 35–57 | Cite as

State Subsidies and Repertoire Conventionality in the Non-Profit English Theatre Sector: An Econometric Analysis

  • John O’Hagan
  • Adriana Neligan


This paper examines the impact of financial and socio-economic factors on repertoire decisions of the grant-aided, non-profit theatre sector in England using cross-sectional regression analysis for the seasons 1996/97 to 1998/99. The dependent variable, a conventionality index, a variant of the DiMaggio/Stenberg conformity index, is calculated first. This shows a very considerable variation in repertoire conventionality, so measured, in the non-profit English theatre sector. A model is then constructed to assess the impact of the above-mentioned factors in determining variations in this index using a dataset hitherto not analysed in this way. The empirical results show that public subsidy, the size and the location of a theatre as well as the local average income have an impact on conventionality, which confirms existing empirical findings.

Key words

conventionality cultural economics performing arts organisations repertoire subsidies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of EconomicsTrinity College DublinDublinIreland

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