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Labor market and education for artists and the creative industries - Some descriptive results from Denmark

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The purpose of this paper is to analyze the labor market for artists and in thecreative industries more broadly: How important is a formal education for jobsin the creative industries? How are the careers of people with a creativeeducation? Do they work in the creative industries or outside the creativeindustries? How is the profile of the jobs within the creative industries?Alper and Wassall (2006) present an overview of the economic, mainlyempirical research concerning the labor market of artists. Different types ofstudies can be distinguished: theoretical models of artistic career processes,qualitative interviews and data, retrospective surveys and panel data based onsurveys (either true panel studies or quasi panel studies).Some of the most extended studies on artists’ earnings are done by Alperand Wassall on American census data, where data comes from peoples selfreportingin surveys, and peoples’ occupation is based on time spent at workduring a single reference week. This do obvious have some drawbacks. Registerdata from Statistics Denmark representing true panel data, makes it possible toovercome some of these problems and gain new knowledge on the careerpatterns of artists, their income, the importance of education, multiple jobholdingetc. The register data used in this paper includes a lot of variables onsocio-economy, income, employment etc. for the Danish population in theperiod 1994-2003. The paper includes a discussion and delimitation of artist andthe creative industries, and presents new empirical results on the labor market for artists and in the creative industries

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Trine Bille

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eng

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http://hdl.handle.net/10398/7750

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