Arts and Culture

  • Karol Jan BorowieckiEmail author
  • Diana Seave Greenwald
Living reference work entry


The economic history of arts and culture includes both “high culture” – like the fine arts, theater, and classical music – and popular culture, such as pop music, movies, and newspapers. This chapter focuses primarily on the high arts but also provides a cursory description of the literature addressing more popular cultural production. The four sections of this chapter correspond to four key areas of inquiry in the economic history of arts and culture: what are relevant data about the arts and how to capture them, how market forces encourage the consumption and supply of culture, how artistic production is linked to geography and clustering, and what drives creative output. This chapter surveys scholars’ engagements with these questions across a wide range of art forms and time periods. It concludes with a discussion of why the study of the economic history of arts and culture represents unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and is particularly relevant to present-day service economies.


Art Creativity Innovation Art markets Culture 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Business and EconomicsUniversity of Southern DenmarkOdenseDenmark
  2. 2.National Gallery of ArtWashingtonUSA

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