Publication on artists’ mobility

coverMy paper, “Factors explaining the spatial agglomeration of the creative class: Empirical evidence for German artists“, has been published in European Planning Studies. The paper is co-authored by Christoph Alfken and Rolf Sternberg.


The paper contributes to the on-going debate about the relative importance of economic and amenity-related location factors for attracting talent or members of the creative class. While Florida highlights the role of amenities, openness and tolerance, others instead emphasize the role of regional productions systems, local labour markets and externalities. The paper sheds light on this issue by analysing the changes in the spatial distribution of four groups of artists over time: visual artists, performing artists, musicians and writers. Little evidence is found for amenity-related factors influencing the growth rates of regional artist populations. Moreover, artists are shown to be a heterogeneous group inasmuch as the relative importance of regional factors significantly differs between artistic branches.

It can be downloaded through this link.