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Dublin Theatre: An Economic Analysis of the Abbey Theatre


  • John W. O'Hagan


This paper attempts to apply some simple economic analysis to a single national cultural institution, namely the Abbey Theatre in Dublin. The first point made is that the Abbey operates within an active and fairly large theatre market in Dublin. Second, it is seen that the Abbey accounts for more than half of all direct State funding to the theatre in the country and that the reasons for this relate to the its flagship role for the arts in Ireland, with the possibility of large public-good type benefits that such institutions can generate. The effects of this state funding on the pricing levels charged in the Abbey are looked at, the conclusion being that the subsidy appears to be reflected in higher-quality and more innovative output rather than lower prices.

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  • John W. O'Hagan, 1995. "Dublin Theatre: An Economic Analysis of the Abbey Theatre," Economics Policy Papers 951, Trinity College Dublin, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:tcd:tcduep:951

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    1. Trine Hansen, 1997. "The Willingness-to-Pay for the Royal Theatre in Copenhagen as a Public Good," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 21(1), pages 1-28, March.

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    JEL classification:

    • H20 - Public Economics - - Taxation, Subsidies, and Revenue - - - General
    • H32 - Public Economics - - Fiscal Policies and Behavior of Economic Agents - - - Firm


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