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Cultural Economics: The State of the Art and Perspectives/Economía de la cultura: estado del arte y perspectivas



    () (Department of Economics. Andrew Young School of Policy Studies. Georgia State University)


The intellectual development of cultural economics has exhibited some notable similarities to the challenges faced by researchers pioneering in other areas of economics. While this is not really surprising, previous reviews of this literature have not focused on such patterns. Specifically, the methodology and normative implications of the field of industrial organization and antitrust policy suggest a series of stages identified here as foundation, maturation, reevaluation, and backlash that suggest a way of viewing the development of and controversies surrounding cultural economics. Also, the emerging field of sports economics, which already shares some substantive similarities to the questions addressed in cultural economics, presents a pattern of development by which core questions and principles are identified in a fragmented literature, which then slowly coalesces and becomes consolidated into a more unified literature that essentially reconfirms and extends those earlier core principles. This fragmentation and consolidation pattern is also exhibited by the development of cultural economics. While others could surely suggest different parallels in the search for such developmental patterns, this way of organizing ones thinking about the past and future of this field provides a hoped for alternative perspective on the state of the art of cultural economics. El desarrollo intelectual de la economía de la cultura ha manifestado ciertas similitudes notables a los desafíos encarados por los investigadores que abren nuevos caminos en otras áreas de la economía. Aunque esto en realidad no resulta muy sorprendente, las revisiones previas de esta literatura no se han ocupado de tales modelos. Específicamente, la metodología y las implicaciones normativas del campo de la organización industrial y las políticas antitrust sugieren una serie de etapas identificadas aquí como la base, la maduración, la reevaluación, y la reacción que sugiere una manera de visualizar el desarrollo y las controversias alrededor de la economía de la cultura. Del mismo modo, el campo emergente de la economía del deporte, que comparte ya algunas similitudes significativas con las cuestiones tratadas en la economía de la cultura, presenta un modelo de desarrollo en el cual se identifican los asuntos y principios centrales en una literatura dispersa, que paulatinamente se va uniendo y acaba consolidándose en una literatura más unificada que básicamente reafirma y amplia esos principios centrales ya establecidos. El desarrollo de la economía de la cultura también evidencia este modelo de fragmentación y consolidación. Aunque es probable que otros pudieran postular comparaciones diferentes a la hora de buscar tales modelos de desarrollo, esta manera de organizar nuestro razonamiento sobre el pasado y el futuro en este campo ofrece una perspectiva alternativa acerca del estado del arte en el campo de la economía de la cultura.

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  • Seaman, Bruce A., 2009. "Cultural Economics: The State of the Art and Perspectives/Economía de la cultura: estado del arte y perspectivas," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 27, pages 7-32, Abril.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:27_1_16

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    1. Luis Antonio Palma M. & Luis Fernando Aguado Q., 2010. "Economía de la cultura. Una nueva área de especialización de la economía," Revista de Economía Institucional, Universidad Externado de Colombia - Facultad de Economía, vol. 12(22), pages 129-165, January-J.

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    Metodología; desarrollo científico; economía de la cultura; investigación y política ; Methodology; scientific development; cultural economics; research and policy.;

    JEL classification:

    • A14 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Sociology of Economics
    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
    • Z11 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economics of the Arts and Literature


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