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Demand for and productivity analysis of Turkish public theater


  • Sacit Akdede


  • John King


We estimate a demand function for live theater provided by the General Directorate of State Theaters in Turkey. We show that demand is more elastic in less developed cities, that attendance is not significantly affected by various qualitative variables, and that the government's practice of offering free passes to government officials is an ineffective way of increasing paid attendance. Comedies and musicals both show significantly higher attendance. Having a Turkish author does not significantly affect attendance. Having a known author significantly increases attendance for more developed cities but not for less developed cities. Being the opening season significantly reduces attendance in less developed cities but has no effect in more developed cities. We also present evidence of inefficiency in state theaters in Turkey through a performance of plays equation in which we evaluate the determinants of the number of performances per play. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, Inc. 2006

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  • Sacit Akdede & John King, 2006. "Demand for and productivity analysis of Turkish public theater," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 30(3), pages 219-231, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:30:y:2006:i:3:p:219-231
    DOI: 10.1007/s10824-006-9014-7

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    3. Jonathan Corning & Armando Levy, 2002. "Demand for Live Theater with Market Segmentation and Seasonality," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 26(3), pages 217-235, August.
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    Cited by:

    1. Sacit Hadi Akdede, 2012. "An extension on attendance and efficiency in turkish state theaters," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 32(1), pages 778-787.
    2. Victor Fernandez-Blanco & Luis Orea & Juan Prieto-Rodriguez, 2013. "Endogeneity and measurement errors when estimating demand functions with average prices: an example from the movie market," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 44(3), pages 1477-1496, June.
    3. Jani-Petri Laamanen, 2013. "Estimating demand for opera using sales system data: the case of Finnish National Opera," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 37(4), pages 417-432, November.
    4. Daniel Urrutiaguer, 2011. "Theatre," Chapters,in: A Handbook of Cultural Economics, Second Edition, chapter 59 Edward Elgar Publishing.
    5. José Grisolía & Kenneth Willis, 2012. "A latent class model of theatre demand," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 36(2), pages 113-139, May.
    6. José M. Grisolía & Kenneth G. Willis, 2016. "Consumer choice of theatrical productions: a combined revealed preference–stated preference approach," Empirical Economics, Springer, vol. 50(3), pages 933-957, May.


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