An Economic Analysis of Copyright and Culture in the Information Age
This book collects together 10 years’ research on one aspect of cultural economics, artists’ labour markets. I started in 1988 with a Leverhulme Trust grant at the London School of Economics with research for my book Singers in the Marketplace: Economics of the Singing Profession (Towse, 1993). I was enabled to do this study by the fact that I had spent the previous 10 years studying singing and gaining a little experience of opera and recitals. I had a wonderful time doing that and living in a fantasy world that I was just not quite cut out for. For much of the time while I was studying singing, I worked as an economist one way or another, as a Senior Lecturer at Middlesex University, where I had started my academic career, then as a researcher at the Institute of Education, University of London. Alan Peacock gave me my first research work in cultural economics on the project he did for the Arts Council of Great Britain on inflation and the performed arts, which tested Baumol’s Cost Disease hypothesis in the arts in Britain over the decade of the 1970s. I also did freelance work for the Policy Studies Institute, basically data-mining for The Economic Importance of the Arts in Britain edited by John Myerscough (Myerscough, 1988). My first publication in the field of cultural economics was my contribution as the Rapporteur to a Council of Europe conference in Munich in 1984, published as Funding the Arts in Europe and edited...