Journal of Cultural Economics

, Volume 32, Issue 1, pp 79–81 | Cite as

Victor A. Ginsburgh and David Throsby (eds): Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture, Vol. 1

Elsevier, Amsterdam, 2006, ISBN 0-444-50870-8
  • Michael Rushton
Book review

It will surely be with a sense of pride that scholars who have long worked in cultural economics receive a volume devoted to their field in the prestigious North-Holland series of Handbooks in Economics. This Handbook contains 36 chapters on different aspects of cultural economics, as well as a useful introductory essay by co-editor David Throsby, who, although he self-deprecatingly refers to his chapter as an indulgence, provides a valuable overview of the scope of the volume. The chapters are by the most distinguished cultural economists in their respective sub-fields, and are grouped into sections covering: History; Value; Legal Issues; Culture and the Economy; Consumption and Production; Cultural Industries; Labor Markets; Auctions and Prices; Heritage; Location; and Policy.

In order to evaluate the Handbook, we need to know its purpose. The Series Editors of the North-Holland Handbooks in Economics, Kenneth Arrow and Michael Intriligator, tell us that:

Each Handbook provides...


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Public and Environmental AffairsIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA

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