The Economics of Movies (Revisited): A Survey of Recent Literature

59 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2021 Last revised: 15 Dec 2021

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Jordi McKenzie

Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School

Date Written: September 15, 2021


Twenty years ago, there were all but a handful of scholarly studies published about the economics of the motion picture industry. Over the first decade of the new millennium, this changed dramatically and many studies began to appear in economics journals and those of cognate disciplines. The following, and most recent, decade has seen this trend continue and the literature on the `economics of movies' has well and truly matured. While economics and marketing disciplines still generate the most output, newer data-orientated disciplines have increasingly turned their attention towards the industry and its abundance of rich and relatively-accessible data. This survey endeavours to concisely but comprehensively review recent literature related to this eternally fascinating industry.

Keywords: Movie economics, film economics, motion picture economics

JEL Classification: L82, Z10

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McKenzie, Jordi, The Economics of Movies (Revisited): A Survey of Recent Literature (September 15, 2021). Available at SSRN: or

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Macquarie University, Macquarie Business School ( email )

New South Wales 2109

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