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 22: Cultural statistics

David Throsby


Statistics covering the volume and value of cultural output, levels of employment, cultural consumption and participation in the arts, public and private cultural funding, and so on are required for a range of purposes, including describing the size of the cultural sector and its place in the economy and society, underpinning evidence-based policy formation, monitoring and evaluation of the success or otherwise of cultural policies, and the benchmarking of performance standards. This chapter considers the derivation of statistics relating to cultural industries, international trade, employment in the cultural sector, the economic circumstances of artists, demand for cultural goods, cultural participation and funding of culture by public and private sectors. The chapter concludes with a discussion of cultural indicators and the relatively recent phenomenon of cultural satellite accounts.

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