Arts and Culture Symposium

Journal of Economics and Finance

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 422-434

First online:

Spatial distribution of the specialization of arts

  • Edward NissanAffiliated withDepartment of International Business, University of Southern Mississippi Email author 
  • , George CarterAffiliated withDepartment of International Business, University of Southern Mississippi

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The hypothesis is that the major source of concentration of arts in different regions is due to agglomeration effects of specialized talents, city size, income, and quality of life. Twenty-nine large metropolitan areas are ranked and assessed for enhancing the climate for arts activity. Data on metropolitan areas in the United States on cost of living, transportation, employment, education, climate, crime, health care, recreation, city size, and per capita income are used as explanations for predominance of art in the 29 metropolitan areas. The results indicate that cities with larger populations and higher per capita income have greater concentrations of artistic activity. Other explanatory variables include factors associated with the quality of life. (JEL RIO, R23)