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Demand Distribution Dynamics in Creative Industries: the Market for Books in Italy

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  • Edoardo Gaffeo

    (Department of Economics and CEEL, University of Trento, Italy)

  • Antonello E. Scorcu

    (Department of Economics, University of Bologna and The Rimini Centre for Econonic Analisys, Italy)

  • Laura Vici

    (Department of Economics, University of Bologna, Italy)

Abstract

We study the distribution dynamics of the demand for books in Italy. We find that for each of three broad sub-markets in which the book publishing industry can be classified Italian novels, foreign novels and essays sales over a three-year sample can be adequately fitted by a power law distribution. Our results can be plausibly interpreted in terms of a model of interactions among buyers exchanging information on the books they buy.

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  • Edoardo Gaffeo & Antonello E. Scorcu & Laura Vici, 2008. "Demand Distribution Dynamics in Creative Industries: the Market for Books in Italy," Working Paper series 09_08, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
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    Book publishing industry; Information transmission; Power law distribution;
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    • L82 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Entertainment; Media
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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