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Home is where your art is: the home bias of art collectors

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  • Lasse Steiner
  • Bruno S. Frey
  • Magnus Resch

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This paper analysis the global distribution of art collections and collectors´ biases with respect to the origin of artworks. Employing a unique dataset we find that the greatest number of private art collections are located in Europe, North America and Asia. There are relatively few collections in Latin America and Africa. The artists whose oeuvres dominate the markets for collected art come from North America, followed by Asian and European artists. The home bias in private art collections turns out to be strong in all continents and countries. It is highest for Asian and African collections and smaller for European and North American collections. The home bias can partly be accounted for by high export and import restrictions.

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  • Lasse Steiner & Bruno S. Frey & Magnus Resch, 2013. "Home is where your art is: the home bias of art collectors," ECON - Working Papers 135, Department of Economics - University of Zurich.
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    1. Lasse Steiner & Bruno S. Frey & Magnus Resch, 2014. "Who Collects Art? An International Empirical Assessment," CREMA Working Paper Series 2014-03, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).
    2. repec:eee:ecolet:v:159:y:2017:i:c:p:201-203 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Art collection; home bias; trade restrictions; artists;

    JEL classification:

    • Z11 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economics of the Arts and Literature
    • F14 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Empirical Studies of Trade
    • K20 - Law and Economics - - Regulation and Business Law - - - General

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