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General happiness and the consumption of public culture

General happiness and the consumption of public culture

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Economic growth can occur within a monolithic, grey urban environment, allowing for decaying facades and deteriorating public spaces. Where artists provide a colorful facelift to urban infrastructure, cities learn to channel the creative capacity of street art. The public good aspect thereby becomes significant in street art’s dimension of wide acc...

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... such, we have asked our respondents to provide an overview of their general level of happiness which we have linked below to their stated participation and consumption of publicly subsidies culture. Figure 1 indicates a normal distribution of the level of happiness in the population, but with a stronger inclination for those noting their well-being to be good, very good or extremely good where they were involved in cultural activities over the previous year. While there is no clear indication here of whether general well-being influences an appreciation of culture, or rather that the arts and culture have the potential to raise general well-being, there remains a clear positive association between the two indicators in our sample -as in most earlier research discussed on culture and happiness. ...