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Quality Investment and Price Formation in the Performing Arts Sector: A Spatial Analysis

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In this paper, we present a spatial model of the public provision of the performing arts. Agents behave boundedly rational. Art directors set performance quality according to their aspiration levels. While taking into account the spatial distribution of the population, administrative directors in calculating ticket prices ignore that they compete with neighboring performing arts organization (PAOs) for audience. The model is tested empirically using a spatial autoregressive (SAR) model with a complete data set of German PAOs and cities. Our data support the model and help to explain the size and distribution of losses in the public performing arts sector.

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  • Traub, Stefan, 2005. "Quality Investment and Price Formation in the Performing Arts Sector: A Spatial Analysis," Economics Working Papers 2005-16, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:zbw:cauewp:3830
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    1. Kristien Werck & Bruno Heyndels & Benny Geys, 2008. "The impact of ‘central places’ on spatial spending patterns: evidence from Flemish local government cultural expenditures," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 32(1), pages 35-58, March.

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    Keywords

    Performing Arts; Local Public Goods; Quality; Spatial Competition; Bounded Rationality;

    JEL classification:

    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • R59 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis - - - Other

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