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War and Creativity: Solving the War-Art Puzzle for Classical Music Composition

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  • Karol Jan BOROWIECKI

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    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

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The relationship between conflict and artistic output is ambiguous. This paper proposes an explanation for the contradiction in research, which we term the war-art puzzle. We employ a global sample of 115 prominent classical composers born after 1800 and link their annual productivity with the incidence of wars. We construct age-productivity profiles and find that the impact of wars on creative production is markedly heterogeneous - composers’ productivity was significantly higher during defensive or victorious international wars and lower during intra-state conflicts, offensive or lost international wars. the long-run.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep0711.

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Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep0711

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Keywords: productivity; conflict; war; innovation; composer;

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  1. David W. Galenson & Bruce A. Weinberg, 1999. "Age and the Quality of Work: The Case of Modern American Painters," NBER Working Papers 7122, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  2. Victor Ginsburgh & Sheila Weyers, 2006. "Creativity and Life Cycles of Artists," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer, vol. 30(2), pages 91-107, September.
  3. Karol Jan BOROWIECKI, 2011. "Are Composers Different? Historical Evidence on Conflict-induced Migration (1816-1997)," Trinity Economics Papers tep0811, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
  4. David W. Galenson & Bruce A. Weinberg, 2001. "Creating Modern Art: The Changing Careers of Painters in France from Impressionism to Cubism," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 91(4), pages 1063-1071, September.
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  1. What did two centuries of war do to classical music?
    by Chris Blattman in Chris Blattman on 2011-04-12 11:55:11
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  1. Borowiecki, Karol Jan, 2011. "Geographic Clustering and Productivity: An Instrumental Variable Approach for Classical Composers," Annual Conference 2011 (Frankfurt, Main): The Order of the World Economy - Lessons from the Crisis 48738, Verein für Socialpolitik / German Economic Association.

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