Investment Returns and Economic Fundamentals in International Art Markets

Cosmopolitan Canvases, Oxford University Press, 2015

25 Pages Posted: 26 Feb 2020

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Luc Renneboog

Tilburg University - Department of Finance; European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI); Tilburg Law and Economics Center (TILEC)

Christophe Spaenjers

HEC Paris - Finance Department

Date Written: February 24, 2014

Abstract

Works of art are neither easily tradable across borders, nor evaluated according to globally identical standards. We examine geographical segmentation and its effects on price formation and returns in the international art auction market. We find (i) a close connection between the country of sale and the type (e.g., nationality) of artworks sold; (ii) substantial international variation in average returns to art investments over the period 1971-2007; (iii) an impact of both global and local GDP growth and equity returns on national art market returns. Local fundamentals have not lost importance over time, despite increased economic integration (especially between the EU countries). Yet, country-specific economic factors matter less in determining the auction outcomes for high-end art. Our findings suggest the continuing importance of international demand differences in shaping the global art market, at least outside the top segment.

Keywords: economics of art, art markets, home bias, geographical market segmentation, art auctions, hedonic regression

JEL Classification: Z11, G15

Suggested Citation

Renneboog, Luc and Spaenjers, Christophe, Investment Returns and Economic Fundamentals in International Art Markets (February 24, 2014). Cosmopolitan Canvases, Oxford University Press, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2400473 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2400473

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