Creative industries and the wider economy

Stuart Cunningham, Jason Potts

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Researchers have argued that the creative industries have significant effects on the wider economy, with early agendas focused on urban regeneration, job creation, and economic value-added. Later work extended to new firm creation, the growth of new markets, and regional clustering and development. This chapter reviews the evolution of thinking on classifying the creative industries as a ‘sector’, or group of sectors, and outlines contributions on economic ‘spillovers’ regarding knowledge, innovation, and graduate talent. Work on creative clusters has highlighted the widespread adoption of forms of organization and contracting developed in such clusters. Later work by the authors has contributed a ‘creative trident’ model, and shifted focus to employment and the position of creative workers in the economy, showing that there are more creatives working outside the creative industries than within them. The chapter reflects on the specific role of design and the relationship between the creative industries and innovation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Creative Industries
EditorsCandace Jones, Mark Lorenzen, Jonathan Sapsed
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9780199603510
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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