Spring10_326_update - ECONOMICS 326: Economics of the Arts...

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ECONOMICS 326: Economics of the Arts Professor Boyle Spring 2010 326-01: MWF 10-10:50 Stein 301 326-02: MWF 11-11:50 Office: Stein 508 Email: mboyle@holycross.edu Phone: x2334 Office Hours: Mon 2-4pm, Tues 1-3pm, Wed 2-4pm and by appointment Course Objectives: This course examines the markets for the visual and performing arts in the United States. We will begin by utilizing economic tools to model supply and demand in these markets, and then turn to considering a number of special topics which rely on methods of analysis from various fields in applied microeconomics. Issues considered include optimal ticket pricing, performer wages and labor unions, government subsidization of the arts, auctions, art as an investment, the political economy of the arts sector and intellectual property. Prerequisites: ECON 249, ECON 255 Required Text: James Heilbrun and Charles M. Gray. The Economics of Art and Culture 2 nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2001. Other Readings: In addition to the required textbook, you will regularly be expected to read articles from scholarly journals and the popular press, as well as occasional book chapters. These readings will be available through the course Moodle site at least one week in advance of the due date. Please note that in addition to the readings listed below, other readings may be added throughout the semester. You are responsible for keeping up to date with the course assignments by checking Moodle regularly. Assignments and Grading:
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