Understanding State Government Appropriations for the Arts: 1976-1999

23 Pages Posted: 2 Apr 2007

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Gregory B. Lewis

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies - Dept. of Public Management & Policy

Michael J. Rushton

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)

Date Written: July 2006

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Lewis, Gregory B. and Rushton, Michael J., Understanding State Government Appropriations for the Arts: 1976-1999 (July 2006). Andrew Young School of Policy Studies Research Paper Series No. 07-02. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=975754 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.975754

Gregory B. Lewis (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - Andrew Young School of Policy Studies - Dept. of Public Management & Policy ( email )

Andrew Young School of Policy Studies
PO Box 3992
Atlanta, GA 30302-3992
United States

Michael J. Rushton

Indiana University Bloomington - School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA) ( email )

1315 East Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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