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Impact of war on individual life-cycle creativity: tentative evidence in relation to composers

  • Karol Borowiecki

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  • John O’Hagan

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The relationship between conflict and individual life-cycle 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 the timing of individual creative production is significant and negative, in keeping with the evidence on the impact of wars on overall societal creative output. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

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Article provided by Springer in its journal Journal of Cultural Economics.

Volume (Year): 37 (2013)
Issue (Month): 3 (August)
Pages: 347-358

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Handle: RePEc:kap:jculte:v:37:y:2013:i:3:p:347-358
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  1. Karol BOROWIECKI & John O’HAGAN, 2012. "Historical Patterns Based on Automatically Extracted Data : The Case of Classical Composers," Historical Social Research (Section 'Cliometrics'), Association Française de Cliométrie (AFC), vol. 37(2), pages 298-314.
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