SEMINAR: Professor David Throsby

Seminar with Professor David Throsby: Monday 10 June 2024

12-1pm, Studio 1, O’Donoghue Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance, University of Galway

David Throsby is Distinguished Professor of Economics at Macquarie University. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Sydney and a PhD from the London School of Economics. He is internationally recognised for his research and writing on the economics of art and culture. His current research interests include the economics of theatre, heritage economics, the creative industries, the economic circumstances of creative artists, the Indigenous art economy, culture in sustainable economic development, and the relationships between economic and cultural policy. He has published many books, papers and reports in these areas. His recent books include Economics and Culture (2001), which has been translated into eight languages, and The Economics of Cultural Policy (2010), both published by Cambridge University Press.

This informal seminar will look at the relationship between cultural value and economic value in live theatre. It will ask how creative practice studies and cultural economics can develop a shared agenda, drawing on the distinctive bodies of expertise, and why this is needed. The paper recently published in the Journal of Cultural Economics: ‘Preference formation in demand for live theatre’ – by David Throsby, John Severn and Katya Petetskaya – will provide a means for opening up some wider issues in a cross-disciplinary context, where cultural economists, theatre studies experts, creative practice specialists, and policy makers can share perspectives.

Light refreshments will be provided. Please confirm attendance by email to Dr Miriam Haughton, ‘’.

This seminar is sponsored by the IRC Laureate project ‘The Price of Performance’ (TPOP):