Handbook of Cultural Economics, Third Edition
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Handbook of Cultural Economics, Third Edition

Edited by Ruth Towse and Trilce Navarrete Hernández

Cultural economics has become well established as a subject of interest for students and teachers of courses ranging from economics to arts administration as well as for policy-makers and practitioners in the creative industries. Digitisation has had a tremendous impact on many areas of the creative economy and the third edition of this popular book fully reflects it.
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Chapter 5: Artists’ labour markets

Trine Bille


Artists’ earnings and labour market behaviour have been studies for a long time in cultural economics. The research has mainly been concentrated around artists’ income conditions, how artists behave on the labour market and structural conditions in this particular labour market. The important questions are, is the artists’ labour market different from other labour market? How is it different? Why is it different? The chapter focuses on important topics, such as: the definition of artists, the low average income and skewed income distribution, the work-preference model, the superstar model, the role of education and the excess supply of artists. Finally, policy measures concerning artists’ labour markets are discussed.

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