nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2006‒04‒08
one paper chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Universita degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Rising Stars, Superstars and Dying Stars: Hedonic Explorations of Autograph Prices By Alan Collins; Richard O'Doherty; Martin C. Snell

  1. By: Alan Collins (Department of Economics, University of Portsmouth); Richard O'Doherty (School of Economics, University of the West of England); Martin C. Snell (Department of Economics, University of Portsmouth)
    Abstract: Key studies have explored the economics of rising stars, superstars and ‘has beens’, but relatively little economic literature exists on the associated parallel memorabilia markets. Using a random sample of 1151 pieces of autographed artefacts, on sale through a retail and internet outlet, hedonic analysis is undertaken to elicit significant characteristics in price determination. The data principally consists of autographs of past and current cultural icons along with some sporting and historical figures. We explore, inter alia, price differences with respect to ‘dead’ or ‘alive’ signatories, gender, sphere of fame, nationality, the age of the signatory and the nature of the artefact on which the signature is written. Alternative model specifications have been explored and compared. A notable difference emerges between those autographs with photographs and those without. There are also differences in prices according to whether individuals had been famous for their roles in just films, just television, or in both.
    JEL: Z11 D40 D44
    Date: 2006–03

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