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War and Individual Creativity: Tentative Evidence in Relation to Composers

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  • Karol Jan BOROWIECKI

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    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

  • John W. O'HAGAN

    (Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin)

Abstract

The relationship between conflict and individual artistic output is ambiguous, both a priori and in terms of the evidence. To address this question in relation to composers, we employ a sample of 115 prominent classical composers born after 1800 and attempt to link their annual productivity with the incidence of wars. While the sample is small and the measure of creative productivity limited, we find evidence that the impact of wars on individual creative production is significant and negative, in keeping with the evidence on the impact of wars on overall societal creative output.

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Paper provided by Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics in its series Trinity Economics Papers with number tep1711.

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Length: 14 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduee:tep1711

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Keywords: productivity; conflict; war; composer;

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  1. 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.
  2. Hellmanzik, Christiane, 2010. "Location matters: Estimating cluster premiums for prominent modern artists," European Economic Review, Elsevier, vol. 54(2), pages 199-218, February.
  3. Karol Jan BOROWIECKI & John W. O'HAGAN, 2011. "Historical Patterns Based on Automatically Extracted Data: the Case of Classical Composers," Trinity Economics Papers tep1411, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
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  1. Hellmanzik, Christiane, 2013. "Democracy and economic outcomes: Evidence from the superstars of modern art," European Journal of Political Economy, Elsevier, vol. 30(C), pages 58-69.

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