Problem-solving the Creative Economy

New Publications from Summer Writing Retreat, Marketplace

Arts and Culture’s contributions to US Economy

Ann Markusen quoted in a December 6, 2013, Dan Gorenstein MPR Marketplace Report on the National Endowment for the Arts’ new estimates showing that arts and culture are bigger than tourism!


Newly Published, from a summer writing retreat in the Minnesota northland:

“How Cities can Nurture Cultural Entrepreneurs.” 2013. Policy brief, Kaufmann Foundation, Kansas City MO, presented at the Mayors Conference on Entrepreneurship, November 20.

**Included in December and January “Top Ten” download list for Entrepreneurship, Innovation, & Growth ejournal on the Social Science Research Network website,


“Artists Work Everywhere,” Work and Occupations, Vol. 40, No. 4: 481-95, 2013. DOI: 10.1177/0730888413504418  Challenges the notion that artists are predominantly large metro-centric, outlines how artists choose where to live and work, reveals differences by discipline and age


“Spatial Divisions of Labor: How Key Worker Profiles Vary for the Same Industry in Different Regions,” Handbook of Economic Geography and Industry Studies, 2013. Makes the case for studying employment by occupation, not just industry, and shows that the presence of scientists, engineers, and artists in any one industry varies dramatically by metro and region, with implications for economic development practice


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