Cultural Economics Online Seminars

Upcoming Seminars


Seminar 24: Baumol’s disease, brows, public funding, and artistic output: Past, present (and possible futures)

Please join our next CEOS-Cultural Economics Online Seminar on Baumol’s disease, brows, public funding, and artistic output: Past, present (and possible futures) on on Tuesday 11 April 2023 at 16-17 London time (17-18 CET).

To what extent live performing arts have been depending on public funding, and how has that affected their artistic quality and output? This CEOS will combine an historical economic perspective of Italian theatres between Italy’s unification in 1861 and WWI (contributed by Michela Giorcelli and Petra Moser) with current artistic and managerial challenges and solutions at renowned opera house Teatro La Fenice in Venice (contributed by Fortunato Ortombina and Andrea Erri).

Michela Giorcelli is an Associate Professor at the Department of Economics of UCLA, a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a Research Fellow at the Center from Economic Policy Research, a Research Affiliate at the CESifo Research Network, and a Faculty Affiliate at the California Center for Population Research. Her research combines methods from economic history and applied microeconomics to examine the determinants of management and technology innovations and their impact on firm productivity.

Petra Moser is a Professor of Economics at NYU Stern. Her research combines methods from economic history and applied microeconomics to examine the determinants of creativity and innovation. She studies the behavior of inventors, composers, writers, and scientists from the 19th century to today to figure out what makes people creative, what encourages firms to take the risks that are inherent in innovation, and what types of institutions encourage people to do their best work.

Michela and Petra recently published the SSRN paper (De)Funding the Arts: Effects on Creativity (2023).

Fortunato Ortombina is CEO and Artistic Director at opera house Teatro La Fenice in Venice. He received his musical, arts, composition and musicology degrees at A. Boito Conservatoire, Parma, and the University of Parma. Previous appointments include Teatro Regio in Parma, Teatro Regio in Turin, San Carlo Theatre in Naples, and Teatro La Scala in Milan. His research and publications span operatic theatre during the Napoleonic occupation, the musical culture of Parma, and composers Giuseppe Verdi, Giacomo Meyerbeer, Salvatore Cammarano and Antonio Somma promoted by publisher Ricordi.

Andrea Erri is General Manager, Finance and Marketing Departments at opera house Teatro La Fenice in Venice. He was formerly Director General at the Foreign University of Siena, Director of Administrative Services and Human Resources at the Giorgio Cini Foundation in Venice, and President of the International University of the Arts of Venice. He is Adjunct Professor of Cultural Heritage Management and Project Management of Cultural Activities at the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice. He has published research on professional training.

The seminar will be moderated by CEOS coordinator Elisabetta Lazzaro.

About CEOS

The Cultural Economics Online Seminar (CEOS) series provides a forum to bring members of the ACEI community together to learn about the latest research taking place in the field. CEOS connects 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 from around the globe. Presentations showcase a wide variety of research within cultural economics broadly defined in terms of both topic and method.

Each seminar is conceived as a conversation between two (or more) keynote speakers on a current key issue, and corresponding methodological approaches, in cultural economics, in dialogue with other related disciplines (spanning management, political sciences, law, sociology, statistics, philosophy, arts, computer science, engineering, etc.), as well as practice.

Seminars take place live on Tuesday, once a month, usually at 9am or 3pm GMT (depending on speakers’ time zones) throughout most of the year.

Contributing to CEOS

If you are interested to present as part of the series please contact the lead organiser of the series Elisabetta Lazzaro outlining the details of your proposed presentation.

CEOS Organisational Committee

The CEOS Organisational Committee consists of:

Series Coordinator:

  • Elisabetta Lazzaro, University for the Creative Arts, United Kingdom

Special Session Coordinator:

  • Andrej Srakar, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Current members of the Advisory Committee are:

  • Ana Flávia Machado, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil
  • Anna Mignosa, Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands and University of Catania, Italy
  • Andrea Baldin, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
  • 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

Previous Seminars

Recordings of former seminars are available to view through the CEOS YouTube Channel.

Seminar 23: Professional challenges of being an artist  (presented by Hans Abbing, Andrea Baldin and Trine Bille)

Seminar 22: Social values in cultural entrepreneurship: Theory & practice (presented by Alex Yu-Yu Chang, Jason Potts, Juanie Walker, Heet Ghodasara and Mrunmayee Mohan)

Seminar 21: Lockdown and cultural consumption in the UK: Comparing data and methodological approaches  (presented by Salvatore Di Novo, Giorgio Fazio, Tal Feder and Dave O’Brien)

Seminar 20: Violence, hate and local cultural participation (presented by Luisa Iachan, Paul Heritage, Daria Denti and Alessandro Crociata)

Seminar 19: Voting and song contests: Economics, law, history and practice (presented by Juan D. Moreno-Ternero and Dean Vuletic)

Seminar 18: International trade of music and cultural relations (presented by Yuki Takara and Guy Morrow)

Seminar 17: Artists’ labour markets and social protection (presented by Frederic De Wispelaere, Marco Rocca and Joanna Woronkowicz)

Seminar 16: Creative industries ecosystems in the Global South: Digitisation, innovation, and value chains  (presented by Jen Snowball and Sabine Ichikawa) 

Seminar 15: The art of crowdfunding arts and innovation: The cultural economic perspective (presented by Christian Handke and Carolina Dalla Chiesa)

Seminar 14: Four short presentations featuring up-and-coming young researchers.  Presentation 1: Is beauty defined by victors? An analysis of colonial sites of the UNESCO WHL, presented by Martina Dattilo. Presentation 2: Digital Art History: What can Auction Sales Data Tell Us About Collectors’ Preferences with Contemporary Art?, presented by Mike Bowman. Presentation 3: Intermediary Liability and Trade in Follow-on Innovation, presented by Matthias Sahli. Presentation 4: Incentivising ‘pirates’ to pay – An experiment with comic book readers, presented by Satia Rożynek

Seminar 13: Some economics of movie exhibition: increasing returns and Imax revenue premium (presented by Pascal Courty)

Seminar 12: Student loan debt and the career choices of college graduates with majors in the arts (presented by Richard Paulsen)

Seminar 11: Women artists: Gender, ethnicity, origin and contemporary prices (presented by Stephen Sheppard) 

Seminar 10: Cultural festivals in an era of the COVID19: New Research Agendas and Data Sources (Panel chair: Jen Snowball, with Panellists: Ian Woodward, Roberta Comunian and Delon Tarentaal)

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

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

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

Seminar 6: Estimating losses in cultural assets and cultural activities following the Fundão Dam rupture in Mariana, Minas Gerais, Brazil (presented by Nina Faria)

Seminar 5: On the road again: Live music in the digital age (presented by Christian Peukert)

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

Seminar 3: Labour market and gender: Evidence from German visual artists (presented by Maria Marchenko and Hendrik Sonnabend)

Seminar: How did the art auction market react to Australian ‘Black art scandals’? (presented by Tim Fry)

Seminar 1: International perspectives on the impact of COVID-19 (presented by David Throsby, Jen Snowball and Enrico Bertacchini)