The Cultural Economics Online Seminar (CEOS) was initiated in 2021 as a means to provide a forum to bring members of the ACEI community together during the COVID-19 pandemic. CEOS aims to provide a forum for researchers worldwide to share their work in cultural economics and related areas.

The series features the latest research from emerging through to well established scholars. The series also showcases a wide variety of research within cultural economics broadly defined in terms of both topic and method. Seminars typically take place biweekly throughout most of the year.

Seminars are free and everyone who wishes to join, including non-members, are welcome.

Details of upcoming presentation


The next CEOS presentation (Seminar 14) on Tuesday 26 April at 10:00 CET will showcase research by the next generation of up and coming cultural economics. The seminar will feature 4 short presentations by Martina Dattilo (CREM-CNRS, University of Rennes 1), Mike Bowman (Birkbeck, University of London), Matthias Sahli (World Intellectual Property Organization, Department for Economics and Data Analytics and University of Neuchâtel) and Satia Rożynek (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw and Digital Economy Lab UW).

Details of the presentations are provided below:


Presentation 1: Is beauty defined by victors? An analysis of colonial sites of the UNESCO WHL, presented by Martina Dattilo (CREM-CNRS, University of Rennes 1) 

Abstract: Some  public choice and cultural economics scholars have argued that Europe is over-represented in the UNESCO World Heritage List (WHL), because of a superior ability to impose aesthetic standards that drive the choice of sites candidate to the WHL. We address this issue by examining the perceived quality of sites in countries where these can be either indigenous or European-like (colonial). After controlling for numerous potentially conditioning factors, the estimates point out that neither differences in quality, nor in the probability of inscription, exist between colonial and native sites, suggesting that ICOMOS experts appear to be impartial.


Presentation 2: Digital Art History: What can Auction Sales Data Tell Us About Collectors’ Preferences with Contemporary Art?, presented by Mike Bowman (Birkbeck, University of London)

Abstract: The use of regression modelling to understand how characteristics of artworks, of artists and of the circumstances of sale affect the price paid by collectors at auction is well-established with cultural economists. One characteristic that has received limited attention is that of the type of title the artwork had. Drawing primarily on auction sales data provided by, this paper investigates that question through regression models of sales for twelve contemporary artists. The models also give some insights into change within the auction market for contemporary art.


Presentation 3: Intermediary Liability and Trade in Follow-on Innovation presented by Matthias Sahli (World Intellectual Property Organization, Department for Economics and Data Analytics and University of Neuchâtel)

Abstract: Liability rules affect the incentives of intermediaries to disseminate and curate creative works, in particular when works build on the work of predecessors and they are potentially infringing copyright. In an application to the visual arts, we show that appropriation artists borrow images from different sources and incorporate them into new, derivative works of art. Using a differences-in-differences model and unique data on the level of the individual art work, we empirically investigate the impact of the prominent 2013 Cariou v. Prince U.S. court decision on trade and availability in Appropriation Art.


Presentation 4: Incentivising ‘pirates’ to pay – An experiment with comic book readers, presented by Satia Rożynek (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw and Digital Economy Lab UW)

Abstract: Internet piracy has been repeatedly shown to displace the authorised consumption of digital content. Fewer studies, however, tried to identify a viable solution to the problem. We conducted a panel survey among comic book readers on their consumption from various sources. After each wave, a subsample was provided with prizes – digital comic books from a legal provider. We analyse the effects of prizes on further consumption behaviour. We suggest that for the case of comic books the prices of lower-valued digital copies might deter purchase and discuss the use of similar research design for other creative content.


Date: Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Time: 10:00 CET (check here for other time zones)

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How to register interest to participate in CEOS

If you are interested to present as part of the series please contact the lead organisers of the series Andrej Srakar and Elisabetta Lazzaro outling the details of your proposed presentation.

About CEOS

The Cultural Economics Online Seminars (CEOS) is an initiative, originally proposed by the editors of EconomistsTalkArt.

The CEOS Organizational Committee consists of:

Series Coordinators:

  • Andrej Srakar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Elisabetta Lazzaro, University for the Creative Arts, United Kingdom

Members of the Series Advisory Committee:

  • Ana Flávia Machado, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Anna Mignosa, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands and University of Catania, Italy
  • Andrea Baldin, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
  • Douglas Noonan, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, United States of America
  • Erwin Dekker, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Jeanette Snowball, Rhodes University, South Africa
  • Karol Jan Borowiecki, Southern Denmark University, Odense, Denmark
  • Kazuko Goto, Setsunan University, Osaka, Japan
  • Ruth Rentschler, University of South Australia, Adelaide, Australia
  • Trine Bille, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark, President, ACEI

Former presentations

Recordings of CEOS presentations are available to view through the CEOS YouTube Chanel.

Past presentations include:

Seminar 1: International Perspectives on the Impact of COVID-19 on the Arts (Presenters: David Throsby, Jen Snowball, and Enrico Bertaccnini).

Seminar 2: Attribution Stigma and Contagion: How did the art auction market react to Australian ‘Black art scandals’? (Presenter: Tim Fry).

Seminar 3: Artists’ Labour Market and Gender: Evidence from German visual artists (Presenters: Maria Marchenko and Hendrik Sonnabend).

Seminar 4: Ex-post econometric verification of the economic effects of the Venice carnival (Presenter: Andrej Srakar).

Seminar 5: On the road again: Live music in the digital age (Presenter: Christian Peukert, HEC Lausanne (Faculty of Business and Economics at University of Lausanne) (joint work with Jörg Claussen and Franziska Kaiser).

Seminar 6: Estimating losses in cultural assets and cultural activities following the Fundão Dam rupture in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil (Presenter: Nina Faria, for work authored by Ana Flávia Machado, Sibelle Cornélio Diniz, Júlia M. N. Dias, Jonas Henrique, Nina F. Faria and Vinicius Hosken).

Seminar 7: Music, networks and technology in urban outskirts: technological impacts on rap production at south of São Paulo (Presenter: Rodrigo Cavalcante Michel).

Seminar 8: Do museums foster innovation through engagement with the cultural and creative industries? (Presenters: Chiara Dalle Nogare and Monika Murzyn‐Kupisz)

Seminar 9: Street performers and payments in the online world (Presenters: Meg Elkins and Tim Fry, with Discussants: Karol Jan Borowiecki and Paul Watt)

Seminar 10: Mini-symposium on ‘Cultural festivals in an era of the COVID19: New Research Agendas and Data Sources’. Panel chair: Prof Jen Snowball, Rhodes University, South Africa with Panellists: Prof Ian Woodward, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark; r Roberta Comunian, King’s College, London, United Kingdom; and Mr Delon Tarentaal, Rhodes University, South Africa

Seminar 11: Women artists: gender, ethnicity, origin and contemporary prices (Presenter: Stephen Sheppard, William College, United States, based on joint work with Abigail LeBlanc). 

Seminar 12: Student Loan Debt and the Career Choices of College Graduates with Majors in the Arts (Presenter: Richard Paulsen , Northeastern University, United States)

Seminar 13: Some economics of movie exhibition: increasing returns and Imax revenue premium (Presenter: Pascal Courty, University of Victoria, Canada)