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Price Indices for Artists – A Proposal

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  • Guido Candela
  • Paolo Figini
  • Antonello Scorcu

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This paper proposes a price index for artists adjusted for the quality of the paintings, based on the ratio between the average market price and the average pre-sale estimate for paintings. We apply this methodology to a group of selected artists and schools presented in auctions worldwide in the period 1990–2001. A comparison with quality unadjusted and hedonic indices is also conducted. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2004

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Cultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 28 (2004)
Issue (Month): 4 (November)
Pages: 285-302

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:28:y:2004:i:4:p:285-302

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Keywords: price indices; auctions; paintings; hedonic price;

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