Progress on a follow-up article to “Why Don’t They Come?,” and research on the major changes that have taken place in the arts ecosystem over the last 50 years.
Title: Attendance and Public Participation in the Performing Arts: A Review of the Empirical Literature Author(s): Bruce A. Seaman Publisher: Georgia State University Year: 2005 URL: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=895099 Topics: economics, econometrics, arts participation, lit review Methods: literature review What it says: This is a critical review of cultural economics research literature, starting with Baumol and Bowen’sRead More
The following end notes accompany our article, “Why Don’t They Come?” published on May 6, 2015: (1) On opportunity cost: Another way to look at this issue is through the lens of opportunity cost. In basic microeconomics, an individual’s wellbeing is a function of consumption (or how much stuff you can buy, which depends onRead More
It’s not just the price of admission that’s keeping poor and less-educated adults away from arts events.
Title: Access to and Participation in the Arts: the Case of Those with Low Incomes/Educational Attainment Author(s): John W. O’Hagan Publisher: Department of Economics, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland Year: 1996 URL: http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/BF00149232 Topics: Equal access to the arts, unequal arts audiences for arts events by educational grouping, constraints/rationale for more equal attendance/audiences, public funding Methods:Read More
Title: Leisure Inequality in the United States: 1965-2003 Author(s): Almudena Sevilla, Jose I. Gimenez-Nadal, Jonathan Gershuny Publisher: Demography Year: 2012 URL: Topics: Leisure time, American Heritage Time Use Study, quality of leisure time, happiness, income, time use Methods: Regression analysis and summary statistics of the AHTUS. The authors perform the analysis of less educated andRead More
Title: The Time-Pressure Illusion: Discretionary Time Vs. Free Time Author(s): Robert E. Goodin, James Mahmud Rice, Michael Bittman, Peter Saunders Publisher: Social Indicators Research Year: 2005 URL: http://www.jstor.org.proxy.uchicago.edu/stable/pdfplus/27522213.pdf?acceptTC=true&jpdConfirm=true Topics: leisure time, discretionary time, “time poverty” Methods: Analysis of 1992 Australian Time-Use Survey, a diary-based exercise largely considered one of the “gold standards” in the field.Read More
Title: Changes in Daily American Life: 1965-2005 Author(s): John P. Robinson and Steven Martin Publisher: Social Indicators Research Year: 2009 URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/27734894 Topics: Trends in leisure time, American Heritage Time-Use Survey Methods: Analysis of summary statistics from the American Heritage Time-Use Survey (AHTUS), which includes harmonized data sets from different surveys on leisure time, includingRead More
The main purpose of the NEA’s newest report is to better understand the motivations for participation in the arts and the barriers faced by people who want to participate but choose not to.
A recent report from the National Endowment for the Arts looks at motivations for and barriers to arts attendance.