nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2009‒03‒22
two papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
University of the Piemonte Orientale

  1. Applied arts and design in museums: USA and Milan experience By Besana, Angela
  2. Accounting for Taste: An Examination of Socioeconomic Gradients in Attendance at Arts Events By Lunn, Pete; Kelly, Elish

  1. By: Besana, Angela
    Abstract: The Design represents an innovative work of art. Chairs, spoons, teapots could be an example of designed arts. Creativity and daily utility, they both “evolve in” arts. Design Museums are often collections of famous designers, stylists and firms. The supply chain of brands could find an exhibition in “Museum Rooms”. Design Museums develop own fundraising techniques. Through networks and partnerships with Industrial Museums and Fairs, they focus on targets like entrepreneurs, institutions and research centres. Merchandising could also turn out to be an opportunity in order to raise funds. The range of merchandising could really be multiple and attractive for visitors, usually engaged – in “ordinary” museums - in the choice of t-shirts or calendars. The aim of the paper is the investigation of strategies of Design Museums. How do they transform industrial concepts in museum concepts and attract resources? The analysis will be focused on USA Museums whose collections give evidence of applied arts and design.. The recently born Milan Design Museum will be illustrated as regards the collection, partnerships, networks and fundraising priorities. The Association Museimpresa as a promoter of Italian industrial collections will be presented in the ending part.
    Keywords: applied arts; design; museum; management; fundraising
    JEL: L82 D21 C88 M37 L31 C33 M31 M13
    Date: 2009–01–11
  2. By: Lunn, Pete (ESRI); Kelly, Elish (ESRI)
    Abstract: We critically examine and empirically test the hypothesis that the strong socioeconomic gradients characterising attendance at arts events result from similar gradients in preferences for the arts, in line with existing theories of demand for the arts derived from orthodox consumer theory. To control for preferences, we use individual measures of stated interest in the arts and reports of viewing and listening habits, as distinct from attendance at live events. These variables are strongly associated with attendance, yet despite their inclusion as covariates within a hierarchical logistic regression analysis, strong and significant socioeconomic gradients remain within the estimated models. While it remains possible that our controls do not capture sufficient variation in preferences for the arts, it appears more likely that the socioeconomic composition of live arts audiences is influenced by other factors in addition to individual preferences for the arts.
    Keywords: Arts Participation; Socioeconomic Gradients; Logistic Regression; Ireland
    JEL: Z11
    Date: 2009–03

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