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 37: The economics of craft

Kazuko Goto and Anna Mignosa


There is little cultural economics research on craft, though it is an interesting topic. It has the characteristics of both intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and creative industries. Knowledge and skills of crafts are regarded as ICH. At the same time, crafts products are sold in the market as private goods. The traditional rationale for public intervention for cultural heritage hardly apply to craft. What is the justification for public intervention then? Craft is part of the creative industries, which combine creative cultural content and industrial-scale production. Intellectual property rights play an important role in the creative industries. Do they work for crafts too? Producers of crafts tend to agglomerate in a specific region. How can cultural economics explain craft clusters? While answering these questions, the chapter illustrates the specific features of craft that makes it an interesting topic to research within cultural economics.

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