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The Economic Dimension of the Culture and Leisure Industry in Spain: National, Sectoral and Regional Analysis

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  • María García
  • Yolanda Fernández
  • José Zofío

This article analyses the economic dimension of a set of activities groupedunder the heading, Culture and Leisure Industry, from three complementaryperspectives: national (Spain), sectoral and regional. Particular emphasis isplaced on determining the value added generated by this industry and itscontribution to the Gross Domestic Product – 4.5% – as wellas showing its level of employment both in absolute terms and as a percentageof the number of employees in the economy – 7.8%. This is apioneer project; studies in this field on either a national or internationalscale are scarce. The study demonstrates that the cultural sector is aproductive activity generating wealth in Spain. However, a high degree ofheterogeneity is found at both the sectoral and regional levels. Economicactivity is led by Performing, Musical and Audiovisual Arts (mainlyTelevision) and Publishing and Printing, which jointly account for about70% of sales and gross value added, and it is concentrated in similarproportions in developed regions specialized in service industries, Madrid andCatalonia, where most culture and leisure activities are available. Copyright Kluwer Academic Publishers 2003

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Article provided by Springer & The Association for Cultural Economics International in its journal Journal of Cultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 27 (2003)
Issue (Month): 1 (February)
Pages: 9-30

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:27:y:2003:i:1:p:9-30
DOI: 10.1023/A:1021525019776
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  1. Bruno S. Frey, 2009. "Cultural Ecomomics," ifo DICE Report, ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich, vol. 7(1), pages 20-25, 04.
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