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The next wave of digital technological change and the cultural industries

Christian Peukert ()
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Christian Peukert: UCP - Católica Lisbon School of Business and Economics

Journal of Cultural Economics, 2019, vol. 43, issue 2, 189-210

Abstract: Abstract In this proposal of a research agenda for cultural economics, I discuss the supply-side economics of the next wave of digital technological change. I begin by arguing that digitization and internet-enabled platforms, together with automated licensing of user-generated content, have substantially lowered the costs of individual-level cultural participation. I discuss how the dependence on advertising revenues may affect this dynamic and highlight some implications for the economics of copyright. Next, I discuss circumstances under which market data, which have become much less expensive to collect at more fine-grained levels, can trigger differentiation of cultural products. Finally, I speculate about the economic implications of artificial intelligence that complements, or perhaps substitutes for human creativity with regard to cultural participation, copyright and the industrial organization of culture.

Keywords: Digital cultural participation; Big data; Artificial intelligence; Creative machines (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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