Research needs to leave academic circles to be of societal relevance. Here I list few attempts where I try to make an impact.

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Cultural Policy

New research proves cultural value of video gaming, Policy brief commissioned by the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) in the UK, 2017

Consumption of Europe's Cultural Heritage in the Digital Age: Does Fiscal Policy matter?, joint with Trilce Navarrete and Lucie Duggan, Chapter commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in France, 2017

The Long-tail of Museum Collections: Ethnographic collections onsite and online, joint with Trilce Navarrete, UNESCO Institute for Statistics Symposium Proceedings, 2016

The Economic and Fiscal Dimension of Cultural Heritage, European Policy Brief, 2016

Cultural Heritage as fuel for innovation: Enabling the power of creation, Think Papers Collection, 2016

Place-making, promotion and commodification of Cultural Heritage resources, RICHES Policy Report, 2015

Fiscal and Economic Issues in the Digital Age, RICHES Policy Report, 2015

Economics of Culture, RICHES Information Brochure, 2015

RICHES Taxonomy of cultural heritage definitions, European Policy Brief, 2015

Books and Chapters

The Economics of Art and Culture (3rd edition), joint with Charles M. Gray and the late James Heilbrun. New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2020

Creativity. In Ruth Towse and Trilce Navarrete (Eds.), Handbook of Cultural Economics. Cheltenham: Elgar, forthcoming 2020

Arts and Culture, joint with Diana Greenwald. In Claude Diebolt & Mike Haupert (Eds.), Handbook of Cliometrics. Heidelberg: Springer, 2019

The Cultural Value and Variety of Playing Video Games, joint with Juan Prieto-Rodriguez. In J. Prieto-Rodriguez, V.M. Ateca-Amestoy, V. Ginsburgh, I. Mazza and J. O'Hagan (Eds.), Enhancing Cultural Participation in the EU. Challenges and Methods. Heidelberg: Springer, 2017

Cultural Heritage in a Changing World [pdf], joint with Neil Forbes and Antonella Fresa (Eds.). Heidelberg: Springer, 2016

  • Book downloaded 200k+ (Bookmetrix) and received by President of Poland Andrzej Duda

  • Media Coverage (selected)

    Is sadness the fuel of creative geniuses? (in Portuguese), Diário de Notícias, 14 January 2020

    The Pursuit of Deadly Immortality (in Chinese), Handan Culture Network, 12 January 2020

    Why do geniuses come in groups? The mystery of the composer (in Chinese), Yidian Zixun, 7 January 2020

    The Anatomy of Sadness (from 34:47), The Pulse, WHYY National Public Radio, 6 September 2019

    Art for the 99 Percent, Jacobian, 4 May 2019

    Wealth Is a Strong Predictor of Whether an Individual Pursues a Creative Profession, Smithsonian, 2 May 2019

    Study Shows Artists Are More Likely to Come From Wealthy Families, Highsnobiety, 1 May 2019

    Study: Artists Are More Likely to Come From Rich Families, W, 30 April 2019

    Do You Come From a Wealthy Family? You're More Likely to Become an Artist Than Someone From a Poorer Background, Artnet News, 29 April 2019

    A Study Says High Family Income Significantly Increases Likelihood of Becoming an Artist, Hyperallergic, 26 April 2019

    Poverty as a soul devourer (in Czech), Roklen24, 26 April 2019

    Want to Be an Artist? Hope Your Parents Are Loaded, Money, 23 April 2019

    La TVA, le prix, et le pass culture, Livres Hebdo, 2 May 2018

    Studie belegt: Gamer sind gebildet, kulturell engagiert und haben viel Geld, Giga, 30 July 2017

    Typical video gamer is middle-aged, educated and female, Nesta study finds, The Sunday Times, 22 July 2017

    Economists defending video game players, liveMINT, 18 February 2017

    Mozart te ensena a seguir siendo creativo en estados bajos de animo, Equipos & Talento, 16 November 2016

    Untitled, The Mail on Sunday, 14 August 2016

    Ode an die Traurigkeit: Niedergeschlagenheit als Kreativitats-Katalysator bei Mozart und Beethoven?, Klassik, 5 August 2016

    The powerful and positve effect of sadness, Myanmar Times, 4 August 2016

    Link between negative emotions and artistic brilliance confirmed, Toronto Star, 31 July 2016

    Researcher: Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt Were More Creative When They Were Unhappy, Arts Journal, 29 July 2016

    For Mozart, Misery Inspired Masterpieces, Pacific Standard Magazine, 29 July 2016

    Misery found to feed creativity, NZ Herald, 27 July 2016

    Mozart, Beethoven and why happiness can get in the way of creativity, World Economic Forum, 27 July 2016

    Study: Being Depressed Can Make You More Creative,, 26 July 2016

    Science Says If You Want To Be Creative, Try Being Completely Miserable,, 26 July 2016

    Por que ser feliz puede ser una desventaja para los artistas?, El Observador, 26 July 2016

    El gran beneficio de la tristeza, explicado por Mozart y Beethoven, PlayGround Magazine, 26 July 2016

    The downside of being happy, The Washington Post, 25 July 2016

    Little ode to joy in letters from composers' productive years, Boston Globe, 19 June 2016

    From Berlin's warehouses to London's estates: How cities shape music scenes, The Guardian, 3 February 2016

    Gastblog: Digitization of Heritage Collections as Indicator of Innovation, Digital Heritage Netherlands, 21 September 2015

    Tod nach Noten (eng. Death after notes), GEO Magazine, July 2015

    The persistence of Italian musical and entertainment traditions, Marginal Revolution, 23 May 2015

    Stress caused by bitter rivalry led to premature deaths of leading 19th century composers, The Telegraph, 18 April 2015

    Is Peer Pressure Shortening Your Life?, The Pacific Standard Magazine, 6 April 2015

    Les compositeurs mouraient plus jeunes en partie a cause du stress, Slate France, 6 April 2015

    Byernes musik, Fynske Medier, 22 March 2015

    War Can Both Inspire and Inhibit Artistic Creativity, The Pacific Standard Magazine, 4 December 2014

    Why it pays to live near creative people - just not too many, The Washington Post, 8 September 2014

    The time has come for a new Lottery distributor for the video games industry, Nesta Blog, 21 March 2014

    Competitive Nature, New Music Box, 25 October 2013

    Hysteresis in cultural supply, Economic Logic Blog, 11 September 2012

    The dark side of competition, Stumbling and Mumbling Blog, 6 July 2011

    Cluster Research looked at Composers, RTE News, 13 April 2011

    What did two centuries of war do to classical music?, Chris Blattman's Blog, 12 April 2011

    Obudzil w sobie ogromna sile, Part 2 (eng. He awaked in himself a powerful strength), Echo Dnia Daily Newspaper, 15 February 2008

    Kultur in Krakau, Breslau & Co. (eng. Culture in Krakow, Wroclaw & Co.), Polykum 7, 2005/06

    Mit der Ostgang Kultur in Polen holen (eng. Getting Culture with Ostgang in Poland), Polykum 2, 2005

    Polen im Irak eine Chance geben (eng. Give Poles a Chance in Iraq), Tages Anzeiger, 14 May 2003

    Najlepsi z najlepszych (eng. The Best of the Best), Echo Dnia Daily Newspaper, 17 November 1999

    I have founded and co-edited - Research-based policy analysis and commentary. The platform is set up to promote the dissemination of research-based policy analysis and commentary by cultural economists. The intended audiences are governmental cultural policy makers, arts' advisory councils, cultural and heritage institutions, academia and the private sector as well as journalists specialising in the art and culture as economics and cultural studies students. If you are interested in writing an entry, please contact me.

  • is viewed 18000+ per year by 9000+ recurring visitors, and publishes ca. 25 articles per year

  • Public Lectures and Research Impact

    I am very excited about delivering public lectures and sharing my research implications not only with fellow economists, but also with policy makers, colleagues from other disciplines and the wider public. In last years, I gave a keynote speech at the International Conference on Cultural Heritage in Pisa, I spoke at a general public conferences on Cultural and Media Economics, invited by the French Cultural Ministry, on Economic History and Economic Policy, invited by the National Bank of France, and at the interdisciplinary conference "Genius for Sale!", invited by the University of Oxford.

    Manifest of a Scholar

    Research needs to leave academic circles. Not necessary each single paper, as some research can be formative, but every now and then it needs to reach the society. Otherwise, in the extreme, if it forever remained in academic journals and scholarly circles, it would have completely no value. Research for the sake of research comes with no benefit, other than the scholarly pleasure derived from conducting it, and any claims to receive public funds would be illegitimate. The only way for research to become potentially valuable is to reach sometimes the public. Above I list few modest attempts where I try to make an impact.