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Do More Recent Theater Plays Feature Fewer Roles?

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  • Sacit Hadi Akdede
  • Victor Ginsburgh
  • Aynur Uçkaç

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This paper shows that the number of roles in international theatre plays has been decreasing over time. Playwrights seem to internalize the costs of producing plays with too many roles by downsizing. This downsizing is not a recent phenomenon: it is going for many decades. We also analyze the case of Turkey for which we have data that make it possible to compare the number of roles in produced and non-produced plays.

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  • Sacit Hadi Akdede & Victor Ginsburgh & Aynur Uçkaç, 2018. "Do More Recent Theater Plays Feature Fewer Roles?," Working Papers ECARES 2018-14, ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles.
  • Handle: RePEc:eca:wpaper:2013/271225
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    Number of roles; cast size; Baumol cost disease; playwrights;

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