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State Subsidies and Repertoire Conventionality in the Non-Profit English Theatre Sector: An Econometric Analysis

JOHN O'HAGAN and ADRIANA NELIGAN
Journal of Cultural Economics
Vol. 29, No. 1 (February 2005), pp. 35-57
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41810872
Page Count: 23
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State Subsidies and Repertoire Conventionality in the Non-Profit English Theatre Sector: An Econometric Analysis
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Abstract

This paper examines the impact of financial and socio-economic factors on repertoire decisions of the grant-aided, non-profit theatre sector in England using cross-sectional regression analysis for the seasons 1996/97 to 1998/99. The dependent variable, a conventionality index, a variant of the DiMaggio/Stenberg conformity index, is calculated first. This shows a very considerable variation in repertoire conventionality, so measured, in the non-profit English theatre sector. A model is then constructed to assess the impact of the above-mentioned factors in determining variations in this index using a dataset hitherto not analysed in this way. The empirical results show that public subsidy, the size and the location of a theatre as well as the local average income have an impact on conventionality, which confirms existing empirical findings.

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