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Contracts Between Art and Commerce


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  • Richard E. Caves
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    Contract structures used in the arts and entertainment industries are central to understanding their economic organization. The structures spring from common bedrock traits of these industries--pervasive product differentiation, all costs sunk, consumers' valuations unpredictable, artists having tastes for how creative work is done. Joint-venture structures are common, with revenue (not profit) shared. Advances to artists help bring incentive and distributive goals into consistency, as do long-term contracts covering successive cycles of the artist's output. Real option contracts allow the efficient allocation of decision rights in a project on which collaborators work successively.

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    Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal Journal of Economic Perspectives.

    Volume (Year): 17 (2003)
    Issue (Month): 2 (Spring)
    Pages: 73-83

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    Handle: RePEc:aea:jecper:v:17:y:2003:i:2:p:73-83

    Note: DOI: 10.1257/089533003765888430
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