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Digital complements or substitutes? A quasi-field experiment from the Royal National Theatre

Hasan Bakhshi and David Throsby ()

Journal of Cultural Economics, 2014, vol. 38, issue 1, 8 pages

Abstract: Digital broadcast technologies have expanded the virtual capacity of live performing arts venues, but they have also raised concerns about possible cannibalisation of box office revenues. We report the results of a quasi-field experiment involving the Royal National Theatre’s live broadcasts of theatre to digital cinemas in the UK and find that, if anything, live broadcasts generate greater, not fewer, audiences at the theatre. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2014

Keywords: Digital technology; Theatre; Field experiment; Cannibalisation; Z11; O33; C93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2014
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DOI: 10.1007/s10824-013-9201-2

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