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Information externality in the arts and the public intervention: a brief note

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  • Cellini, Roberto
  • Cuccia, Tiziana

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The presence of information externality, and the consequent necessity of public intervention to amend the effect of market failure, has been deeply analysed in the case of scientific research. In this Note we argue that the same point is particularly appropriate also in the case of arts: the presence of information externality concerning the personal skills of artists can represent a valid reason to believe that purely private funding of arts is inefficient, and to call for public intervention in this sector.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 5193.

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Keywords: Arts; Experimentation; Financing; Incomplete Information; Bayes theorem;

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