Economics and economic problems of the art market (m) (2020/2021)

Course code
4S02327
Name of lecturer
Gianpaolo Mariutti
Coordinator
Gianpaolo Mariutti
Number of ECTS credits allocated
6
Academic sector
SECS-P/01 - ECONOMICS
Language of instruction
Italian
Period
CuCi IIA, CuCi IIB

Lesson timetable

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Learning outcomes

The aim of this course is to investigate the complex world of the visual and performing arts. The view is not historical-artistic but it is purely economic. In this context, it is necessary to analyze the crucial economic principles and the most important mechanisms relating the artistic-cultural sector. It is also crucial to underline the similarities and differences of the investment in art compared to the traditional investment.

Syllabus

Economics of art does not exist as a separate scientific discipline from economics. In similar fashion, it does not exist steel economics or wood economics. However the artistic and cultural goods possess nonstandard features as compare to traditional goods. A wood paint or a bronze sculpture - also from economic point of view - are different from a piece of furniture or a metal lathe. Economics of art (or economics of culture, as it is best known in English) uses the tools known to economics that best fit the study of this type of goods. The course will apply macroeconomic, mesoeconomic, and microeconomic concepts to deal with them.

Programme
1. Introduction: economics as an art
2. Artistic and cultural goods (ACG) in the history of economic thought.
3. Economic wealth and nonmarket values
4. The weight of ACG in national accounts
5. Cultural values and the causes of economic wealth
6. Economic features of ACG
7. The demand side of ACG
8. The supply side of ACG
9. Art market and the role of prices
10. Economic policy in support of ACG

Teaching: In addition to traditional lectures, students will be involved to search and discuss a topic from a set of topics offered during the course.

Assessment: Written exam with a quiz format, and optional oral examination. Bonuses are given to those involved with a discussion topic during the course.

Textbooks:
Nardi Spiller C., Incontro con l’economia dell’arte, Torino, G. Giappichelli, 2005.
Candela G. e Scorcu A., Economia delle arti, Bologna, Zanichelli, 2004.

Reference books
Author Title Publisher Year ISBN Note
Candela G. e Scorcu A. Economia delle arti Zanichelli 2004
Nardi Spiller, C. Incontro con l’economia dell’arte Giappichelli 2005

Assessment methods and criteria

Written exam with a quiz format, and optional oral examination. Bonuses are given to those involved with a discussion topic during the course.