Understanding State Government Appropriations for the Arts: 1976-1999
23 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2007
Date Written: July 2006
Using panel data analysis, we examine the relative importance of citizen and government characteristics on a highly discretionary and volatile budget item: state appropriations to arts agencies. Despite the unimportance of arts spending to most citizens, changes in arts spending appear to reflect citizen desires. Spending rises with per capita income, state revenues, and citizen political and social liberalism, but characteristics of state legislatures do not significantly affect spending.
Keywords: Arts Funding, Divided Government, Stte Government
JEL Classification: Z10, H72
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