ERIC Number: ED309109
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Labor Market Earnings of American Artists in 1980. A Report to the National Endowment for the Arts.
Filer, Randall K.
While some studies of the earnings of artists have typically claimed that artists earn significantly less than other workers, others suggest that there is no basis for concluding that artists earn any less on average than they would in other jobs. This study presents information regarding the earning and labor market success of artists in the United States as of 1980. Results are presented for many different subgroups of artists. After outlining introductory information in section 1, section 2 outlines the data used and points out a number of possible mechanisms for reconciling the diverse findings of previous work. Section 3 presents overall results concerning earnings of artists. This is followed in section 4 through section 8 by results for various subgroups of artists defined by place of residence, race and sex, marital status, education, self-employment status, and age. Section 9 contains regression equations prediction earnings of artists and comparison groups of other workers. The study reveals that the labor market differs widely across various types of artists, and it is difficult to establish what determines financial success. The findings are presented by 24 figures and 57 tables. Data are derived from 1980 U.S. Census figures. Sixteen references are given. (PPB)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.