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Multiple job holding: the artist’s labor supply approach


  • Carlos Casacuberta

    (Departamento de Economía, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales, Universidad de la República)

  • Néstor Gandelman

    (Universidad ORT, Uruguay)


This paper analyzes a labor supply model in which individuals maximize a utility function that depends on leisure time, consumption and time devoted to an activity that is termed “artistic”. This activity may generate income that depends non linearly on hours dedicated to it. The individual can also work in the labor market (an activity that does not increase utility by itself) in exchange for an hourly wage, and obtain income not related to hours. Conditions are obtained that sort individuals in two groups, part time and full time artists, deriving their labor supply functions in both activities. The predictions of the model are tested empirically using a sample of musicians from a Uruguayan performing rights society.

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  • Carlos Casacuberta & Néstor Gandelman, 2006. "Multiple job holding: the artist’s labor supply approach," Documentos de Trabajo (working papers) 1906, Department of Economics - dECON.
  • Handle: RePEc:ude:wpaper:1906

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    1. Thom, Marco, 2016. "Fine artists' entrepreneurial business environment," Working Papers 06/16, Institut für Mittelstandsforschung (IfM) Bonn.
    2. Popović, Milenko & Ratković, Kruna, 2013. "Oversupply of Labor and Other Peculiarities of Arts Labor Market," EconStor Preprints 83025, ZBW - German National Library of Economics.
    3. Jaroslava Hlouskova & Panagiotis Tsigaris & Anetta Caplanova & Rudolf Sivak, 2017. "A behavioral portfolio approach to multiple job holdings," Review of Economics of the Household, Springer, vol. 15(2), pages 669-689, June.

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    Labor supply; time allocation; artist’s labor supply; cultural economics;

    JEL classification:

    • J22 - Labor and Demographic Economics - - Demand and Supply of Labor - - - Time Allocation and Labor Supply
    • Z11 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economics of the Arts and Literature

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