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Harmonious relations: quality transmission among composers in the very long run

Karol Borowiecki, Nicholas Ford and Maria Marchenko

European Review of Economic History, 2023, vol. 27, issue 3, 454-476

Abstract: Most creative professionals develop and refine their talents by learning from others. In most empirical settings, estimating how this learning process fosters quality is challenging. This paper explores the transmission of quality among music composers over more than seven centuries. How does a composer’s quality influence the quality of the composers they teach? Using a unique dataset of 17,433 composers, we show a strong relationship between student and teacher quality. Moreover, this quality transmission persists across multiple generations. Our results provide new insights on drivers of creativity, as well as the influence of teachers on students’ achievements.

Date: 2023
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