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Artists and the Arts as Economic Development.

Markusen, Ann.

The author considers the arts as an economic development target, focusing particularly on artists, their behavior, and their contributions to regional economies. She uses comparative data on large metropolitan areas in the United States to explore the distribution of artists, and qualitative research on Minnesota artists and art spaces to make inferences on the success of cultural investments. The author summarizes the evidence on differential distribution of artists among the largest U.S. cities and documents the role of net migration in this process. She also shows that, for specific second-tier and smaller cities, strategic investment in artistic space at a modest cost have helped to strengthen and diversify these economies.

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Unpublished paper presented at Western Michigan University, Regional Economic Development: Current Issues Series.
Supported in part through funds provided by the Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
33 pp.
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