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Are Composers Different? Historical Evidence on Conflict-induced Migration (1816-1997)

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  • Karol Jan BOROWIECKI

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    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

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In this paper we explore whether, and to what extent, the incidence of war affects the migration intensity of 164 prominent classical composers born after 1800. We model the aggregate stock of composers in a country and find that periods of war correspond negatively with the number of artists. We also find that conflict-induced migration intensity is considerably higher for composers than for the overall population and demonstrate that the share of composers in the overall population drops due to the incidence of war. We further find that the observed outmigration substantially diminishes the country’s creative potential in the long-run.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep0811.

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Length: 47 pages
Date of creation: Mar 2011
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Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep0811

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Keywords: migration; refugee; conflict; war; geographic concentration; composer;

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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
  2. 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. Karol Jan BOROWIECKI, 2014. "How Are You, My Dearest Mozart? Well-being and Creativity of Three Famous Composers Based on their Letters," Trinity Economics Papers tep0114, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
  2. Borowiecki, Karol Jan, 2013. "Geographic clustering and productivity: An instrumental variable approach for classical composers," Journal of Urban Economics, Elsevier, vol. 73(1), pages 94-110.
  3. Borowiecki, Karol J., 2013. "Agglomeration Economies in Classical Music," Discussion Papers of Business and Economics 13/2013, Department of Business and Economics, University of Southern Denmark.
  4. Karol Jan BOROWIECKI, 2011. "Conflict-induced Migration of Composers: An Individual-level Study," Trinity Economics Papers tep0511, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
  5. Karol Jan BOROWIECKI, 2011. "War and Creativity: Solving the War-Art Puzzle for Classical Music Composition," Trinity Economics Papers tep0711, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
  6. Karol Jan BOROWIECKI & Georgios KAVETSOS, 2011. "Does Competition Kill? The Case of Classical Composers," Trinity Economics Papers tep1111, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
  7. Karol Jan BOROWIECKI & John W. O'HAGAN, 2011. "War and Individual Creativity: Tentative Evidence in Relation to Composers," Trinity Economics Papers tep1711, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.

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