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Movie producers and the statistical distribution of achievement

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  • Jordi McKenzie

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This article investigates De Vany's (2004) application of the Pareto distribution to the careers of actors and directors by considering a sample of movie producers. The results support the Pareto distribution for describing the 'number of films produced' and the 'sum of box office revenue' earned by a producer. The results suggest that a producer is more likely to produce another film as the number of films which they have already produced increases. Also, although an early career producer faces more chance of securing a further film by pure luck, an established producer greatly benefits from his/her previous success.

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Article provided by Taylor & Francis Journals in its journal Applied Economics Letters.

Volume (Year): 17 (2010)
Issue (Month): 17 ()
Pages: 1657-1661

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Handle: RePEc:taf:apeclt:v:17:y:2010:i:17:p:1657-1661

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