Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/111885
Authors: 
Alfken, Christoph
Broekel, Tom
Sternberg, Rolf
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
Working Papers on Innovation and Space 02.13
Abstract: 
The paper contributes to the ongoing debate about the relative importance of economic and amenity-related location factors for attracting talents or members of the creative class. While Florida highlights the role of amenities, openness, and tolerance, others instead emphasize the role of regional productions systems, local labour markets and externalities. The paper sheds light on this issue by analysing changes in the spatial distribution of four groups of artists over time: visual artists, performing artists, musicians, and writers. Little evidence is found for amenity-related factors influencing the growth rates of regional artist populations. Moreover, artists are shown to be a heterogeneous group inasmuch as the relative importance of regional factors significantly differs between artist branches.
Subjects: 
Artists
bohemians
creative class
spatial dynamics
amenities
agglomeration
JEL: 
O31
O18
R12
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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