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Power-laws in art

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  • Etro, Federico
  • Stepanova, Elena

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We provide evidence of a cubic law of art prices that hints to a general pattern for the distribution of artistic talent. The persistence across heterogeneous markets from historical ones to contemporary art auctions of a power law in the distribution of the average price per artist suggests the possibility of a universal law for talent distribution. We explore scale-free networks of teacher–students to investigate the diffusion of talent over time.

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  • Etro, Federico & Stepanova, Elena, 2018. "Power-laws in art," Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications, Elsevier, vol. 506(C), pages 217-220.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:phsmap:v:506:y:2018:i:c:p:217-220
    DOI: 10.1016/j.physa.2018.04.057
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    1. Federico Etro & Elena Stepanova, 2015. "The Market for Paintings in Paris between Rococo and Romanticism," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 68(1), pages 28-50, February.
    2. Etro, Federico, 2018. "The Economics of Renaissance Art," The Journal of Economic History, Cambridge University Press, vol. 78(2), pages 500-538, June.
    3. Federico Etro & Elena Stepanova, 2016. "Entry of painters in the Amsterdam market of the Golden Age," Journal of Evolutionary Economics, Springer, vol. 26(2), pages 317-348, May.
    4. Xavier Gabaix, 2009. "Power Laws in Economics and Finance," Annual Review of Economics, Annual Reviews, vol. 1(1), pages 255-294, May.
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    Keywords

    Power laws; Art prices; Talent distribution; Scale-free networks;
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    JEL classification:

    • C23 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • Z11 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economics of the Arts and Literature

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