Ann Markusen, Economist
Also read her longer essay on this topic here.
“The Artistic Dividend: Urban Artistic Specialization and Economic Development In Recessionary Times”
Tuesday, November 10th, 2:00-4:00pm
Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Room 370 – HSBC Executive Meeting Room
Free, but you must RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-7978
Over the past two decades, urban and regional policy-makers have increasingly looked to the arts and culture as an economic panacea, especially for the older urban core. The arts’ regional economic contribution is generally measured by totaling the revenue of larger arts organisations, associated expenditures by patrons and multiplier effects. This approach underestimates the contributions of creative artists to a regional economy, because of high rates of self-employment and direct export activity, because artists’ work enhances the design, production and marketing of products and services in other sectors and because artists induce innovation on the part of suppliers. This talk takes a labour-centred view of the arts economy, hypothesising that many artists choose a locale in which to work, often without regard to particular employers but in response to a nurturing artistic and patron community, amenities and affordable cost of living. It is concluded that artists comprise a relatively footloose group that can serve as a target of regional and local economic development policy. Dr. Markusen outlines the components of such a policy. This salon discussion will be of particular interest to policy makers, arts managers and advocates who are struggling to make the case for arts and cultural investment after the “crunch” of the recent BC budget cuts.
Ann Markusen, professor, is the director of the Institute’s Project on Regional and Industrial Economics. Currently, her research focuses on occupational approaches to regional development and on artists and cultural activity as regional economic stimulants. Before joining the Humphrey Institute, Markusen was State of New Jersey Professor of Urban Planning and Policy Development at Rutgers University. She has held faculty positions at Northwestern, the University of California at Berkeley, and the University of Colorado. Markusen has been an economic policy fellow with the Brookings Institution and a research economist with the office of the Michigan Speaker of the House. She was a Fulbright Lecturer in regional development economics in Brazil and has written on European, Korean, and Japanese regional economies as well as on North American cities and regions. From 1995 to 2002, she served as a Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and in 2002, as a Visiting Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Currently Markusen is serving as the Harvey Perloff Chair in the Urban Studies Department at UCLA and A. D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University.