David Throsby


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David Throsby is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University in Sydney.  He is internationally known for his research and his many publications on the economics of art and culture.  His interests include the economics of the performing arts, the role of artists as economic agents, the Indigenous art economy, heritage economics, the role of culture in sustainable development, and the relationships between economic and cultural policy.  His book Economics and Culture (Cambridge University Press, 2001) has been translated into eight languages.  His most recent book is The Economics of Cultural Policy (2010), also published by Cambridge.


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economics Social Sciences
artist Social Sciences
art Social Sciences
study of economics Social Sciences
sustainability Social Sciences
cultural policy Social Sciences
sustainable development Social Sciences
cultural capital Social Sciences

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Projects 2009 2020

Research Outputs 1961 2019

economic development

More than economics: cultural value and the Australian book industry

Crosby, P. & Throsby, D., 2019, Publishing and culture. Baker, D. J., Brien, D. L. & Webb, J. (eds.). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 65-84 20 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Art, politics, money: revisiting Australia's cultural policy

Throsby, D., 2018, Strawberry Hills, NSW: Currency House. 78 p. (Platform papers : quarterly essays on the performing arts; no. 55)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

cultural policy

Book festivals

Throsby, D., 14 Dec 2018, TLS - The Times Literary Supplement, 6037, p. 31 1 p.

Research output: Contribution to Newspaper/Magazine/WebsiteBook/Film/Article reviewResearch

book review

Culturally sustainable development: theoretical concept or practical policy instrument?

Throsby, D., 2018, Cultural policies for sustainable development. Kangas, A., Duxbury, N. & De Beukelaer, C. (eds.). Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 5-19 15 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review