Friday, January 13, 2012

Economists' Arguments for Government Arts Subsidies

One of the chapters in my dissertation was an analysis of government arts funding, focusing on the National Endowment of the Arts. A good portion of that chapter was devoted to critiquing arguments I found in the economics literature that sought to justify government arts subsidies from an economic (that is not ethical) perspective. I worked that section into an article that was recently published. "Economists' Arguments for Government Arts Subsidies" appears in the Spring 2011 (Vol. 3, No. 1) issue of the  Regent Journal of Law and Public Policy.

As I write in my introduction,
Economists have offered several arguments in favor of government subsidies for the creation and distribution of art, many of which rely on allegations of market failure . . . these arguments are reviewed and critiqued, and the author concludes that no satisfactory economic justification for government arts funding has yet been offered.

Unfortunately an on-line version of the article is not yet available.

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