War and Creativity: Solving the War-Art Puzzle for Classical Music Composition
AbstractThe 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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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep0711.
Length: 33 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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productivity; conflict; war; innovation; composer;
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- Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General
This paper has been announced in the following NEP Reports:
- NEP-ALL-2011-03-12 (All new papers)
- NEP-CUL-2011-03-12 (Cultural Economics)
- NEP-EFF-2011-03-12 (Efficiency & Productivity)
- NEP-HIS-2011-03-12 (Business, Economic & Financial History)
- NEP-INO-2011-03-12 (Innovation)
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