Teaching Cultural Economics
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Teaching Cultural Economics

Edited by Trine Bille, Anna Mignosa and Ruth Towse

Teaching Cultural Economics is the first book of its kind to offer inspiration and guidance for teaching cultural economics through short chapters, a wide scope of knowledge and teaching cases by experienced teachers who are expert in the topic.
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Chapter 2: Teaching cultural economics

Ruth Towse


The author lays out her journey to specialization in cultural economics from her school days to the present. Along the way, she was involved in setting up the Master’s degree in Cultural Economics and Cultural Entrepreneurship at Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), where she taught courses in cultural economics and economics creative industries for a number of years. Within cultural economics, she specializes in the economics of copyright and was involved in the development of the Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues (SERCI). The main focus of her work has been on artists’ labour markets and the role of copyright in paying creators and performers. In her long career, Ruth Towse has taught economics on a variety of courses, always in the belief that its application, both theoretical and empirical, illuminates policy issues even in the cultural arena, which is often regarded in some sense above economics. Her work and that of other cultural economists has repeatedly shown how it does so.

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