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The Market for Sculptures: an Adjacent Year Regression Index

  • Locatelli-Biey, Marilena


  • Zanola, Roberto


This paper analyses the performance of an investment in sculptures during the period 1987-1995 by applying the hedonic price technique with time dummy variables to a sample of over 27,000 sales occured at auctions. The main finding is that the trend of the rate of return on an investment in sculptures is more stable than those associated to alternative forms of investment during the analysed period.

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Paper provided by Institute of Public Policy and Public Choice - POLIS in its series POLIS Working Papers with number 14.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: May 2000
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Handle: RePEc:uca:ucapdv:14
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