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Mournful and yet grand is the destiny of the artist

Karol Jan Borowiecki



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  • 268 sidor
  • 2015
This dissertation provides new insights on creativity and the lives of creative people, by
availing of unique data-sets covering the lives, works and emotional states of famous
music composers. The underlying research documents the long-run persistence of a society"s
preference towards cultural goods and shows that the geography of composer
births displays remarkable continuity over a period of seven centuries. It formalizes
and documents the trade-off between agglomeration economies (beneficial peer effects)
and diseconomies (peer crowding) experienced by music composers. Furthermore,
it is explored how peer crowding impacts composers" emotional well-being. The
results point to a large reduction in composers" longevity, if they are located in cities
where the peer competition has been greater. Finally, the determinants of psychological
well-being are studied and quantitative evidence is provided on the existence
of a causal impact of negative emotions on outstanding creativity - an association
hypothesized across several disciplines since Antiquity; however, not yet convincingly
  • Författare: Karol Jan Borowiecki
  • Format: Häftad
  • ISBN: 9789187793127
  • Språk: Engelska
  • Antal sidor: 268
  • Utgivningsdatum: 2015-02-23
  • Förlag: Media-Tryck