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Do More Recent Theater Plays Feature Fewer Roles?

Sacit Akdede (), Victor Ginsburgh () and Aynur Uçkaç

No 2018-14, Working Papers ECARES from ULB -- Universite Libre de Bruxelles

Abstract: This paper shows that the number of roles in international theatre plays has been decreasing over time. Playwrights seem to internalize the costs of producing plays with too many roles by downsizing. This downsizing is not a recent phenomenon: it is going for many decades. We also analyze the case of Turkey for which we have data that make it possible to compare the number of roles in produced and non-produced plays.

Keywords: Number of roles; cast size; Baumol cost disease; playwrights (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19 p.
Date: 2018-05
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