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Copyright and Creativity: Evidence from Italian Operas


Michela Giorcelli


Stanford University-Department of Economics

Petra Moser


Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

May 24, 2015


Abstract:     
This paper exploits variation in the adoption of copyright laws within Italy – as a result of variation in the timing of Napoleon’s military victories – to examine the effects of copyrights on creativity. To measure variation creative output, we use new data on 2,598 operas that premiered across eight states within Italy between 1770 and 1900. These data indicate that the adoption of copyrights led to a significant increase in the number of new operas premiered per state and year. We find that the number of high-quality operas also increased – measured both by their contemporary popularity and by the longevity of operas. By comparison, evidence for a significant effect of copyright extensions is limited. Our analysis of alternative mechanisms for this increase reveals a substantial shift in composer migration in response to copyrights. Consistent with agglomeration externalities, we also find that cities with a better pre-existing infrastructure of performance spaces benefitted more copyright laws.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 59

Keywords: Copyright, intellectual property, creativity, innovation, music, culture

JEL Classification: O3, O33, O34, K11, N3


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Date posted: October 6, 2014 ; Last revised: May 25, 2015

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Giorcelli, Michela and Moser, Petra, Copyright and Creativity: Evidence from Italian Operas (May 24, 2015). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2505776 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2505776

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Michela Giorcelli
Stanford University-Department of Economics ( email )
Stanford, CA 94305
United States
6506309648 (Phone)
HOME PAGE: http://web.stanford.edu/~michelag/
Petra Moser (Contact Author)
Leonard N. Stern School of Business - Department of Economics ( email )
269 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10003
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
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Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
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