Arjo Klamer

Arjo Klamer
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | VU

PhD economics at Duke university 1981

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Introduction
Arjo Klamer is professor of cultural economics at the Erasmus University. His most recent book: 'Doing the Right Thing' introduces a value based aproach to the economy. With his associates he is developing the so called Quality Impact Monitor. He gives workshops all over the world and is politically active in his home country, the Netherlands.

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The work of artists, creatives and the cultural community that provides arts, culture and arts education to society deserves due credit. It is not always easy to find the appropriate mechanisms to appraise and communicate in what ways this work impacts and benefits different target groups, different communities and society as a whole. There is an u...
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This chapter argues that all parties involved in the organization of a cultural festival are striving for qualitative outcomes and are in search to determine answers to these questions. For them, the usual quantitative assessments such as size of revenues, number of visitors, profits, number of citations, social media scores provide insufficient in...
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Knowledge commons facilitate voluntary private interactions in markets and societies. These shared pools of knowledge consist of intellectual and legal infrastructures that both enable and constrain private initiatives. This volume brings together theoretical and empirical approaches that develop and apply the Governing Knowledge Commons framework...
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Economics makes sense of the economy. Another economy that may or may not come about in response to the Corona crisis will require another sense making. This article provides a possible alternative perspective, a value-based approach. It includes a model with five spheres that encourages a visualization and conceptualization of the economy beyond t...
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A more comprehensive picture, or imaginary in Charles Taylor’s term, puts the spheres of market and organizations in a broader perspective. It calls for new concepts – like shared and common goods or practices – and the willingness to contribute. We see that culture, in the sense of sense-making practices, matters a great deal, just as Deirdre McCl...
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Welche Funktion erfüllt Kulturpolitik in historischer sowie in gegenwärtiger, internationaler Perspektive? Der Band spannt einen Bogen über 220 Jahre Ideengeschichte von Kulturpolitik(en) in nationaler und internationaler Perspektive. Rund fünfzig Beiträge zu Kulturpolitik und Kulturpolitikforschung aus und zu verschiedenen Nationen, aber auch zu s...
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The implementation of the TSUNAMI project involves a complex institutional framework in which various public and private actors cooperate for the purposes of strengthening the occupational position of people suffering from mental illness. This implies that this social and labour policy experience can generate a wide range of impacts, detected by th...
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The implementation of the TSUNAMI project involves a complex institutional framework in which various public and private actors cooperate for the purposes of strengthening the occupational position of people suffering from mental illness. This implies that this social and labour policy experience can generate a wide range of impacts, detected by th...
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When we apply the value-based approach to make sense of the crafts, we focus on the values and qualities of craftsmanship and crafts. Craftspeople valorize what is important to them, and so do consumers who turn out to be participants in the practice of craft. They all operate in a craft culture. We see that that culture is stronger in countries li...
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Cultural Heritage in the European Union provides a critical analysis of the laws and policies which address cultural heritage throughout Europe, considering them in light of the current challenges faced by the Union. The volume examines the matrix of organisational and regulatory frameworks concerned with cultural heritage both in the Union and its...
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Implementing the Creative Communities Programme of the Arts Council Malta (ACM) involved various actors, all of whom participated in the process of engaging Maltese communities in culture and art projects. The present project which was supported by this aforesaid programme generated rich data and a wide range of results, which were analysed through...
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Keynes prophesies economics as a moral science. Economists would abandon instrumentalist orientation where means get all our attention and the ends virtually none, and focus on what is the good life and the good society. The paper advances to that end the value based approach. It focuses on two interventions that seem to be necessary to realize eco...
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I tempi stanno cambiando. L’emergere della new economy, a cui molte persone stanno assistendo, richiama a nuove logiche di pensiero. Seguiremo questo sviluppo e discuteremo come, dopo anni in cui ci si è focalizzati sugli indicatori quantitativi della vita (economica), sia giunto il tempo di considerare quelli qualitativi. Le organizzazioni, e in p...
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Gert-Jan Johannes en Arno Neele, Een mecenas van belang. 75 jaar Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds en de impact van cultuurfinanciering (Amsterdam: Boom, 2015, 424 pp., ISBN 978 90 8953 478 1).
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In 2016, the ECBN Cultural and Creative Spillovers in Europe Partnership instigated a research stage building on the recommendations of the 2015 TFCC report. Our aim was to interrogate a range of methodologies that have been used to identify and evaluate the relationship between creative activity and its spillovers – particularly those that have ap...
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This chapter argues that the art of phronesis is central to doing the right thing as an economist. Phronesis, or practical wisdom, is what we practice when we deliberate, weigh values, take into account our feelings and those of others, consider the circumstances, and grope for the right thing to do. Central to phronesis is figuring out the goods t...
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Fifty years ago two economists came out with what at the time seemed to be a rather meaningless and pointless study. It was the quite renowned economist William Baumol who, together with his student Bowen, applied that rich and powerful economic apparatus to the insignificant world of performing arts, insignificant in an economic sense, that is. Po...
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Economen wordt vaak om advies gevraagd of om een visie, maar hoe vrij is de blik van de econoom van politieke voorkeuren en waarden die hij of zij koestert? De economen Van Dalen, Klamer en Koedijk hebben de proef op de som genomen onder Nederlandse economen en komen tot de conclusie dat deze elementen een grote rol spelen in de uitspraken die men...
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that Slawek Magala and the author have a great deal in common and that the author is putting the differences to an interesting use in the Erasmus Honors Program designed for the top students of all faculties of the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. The model of education gaining the upper hand in...
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Wat is een goede econoom? En in hoeverre staat die ver af van de econoom die vaak om advies wordt gevraagd, namelijk de academische econoom? Volgens een enquête van Van Dalen, Klamer en Koedijk krijgen in de praktijk de generalist waardering, terwijl aan de universiteit juist de specialist zijn brood verdient die druk bezig is met fondsen werven. D...
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Economen worden veelvuldig in het publieke debat gehoord maar hun gedrag en uitlatingen roepen ook veel irritatie op. De clichébeelden over economen zijn niet van de lucht. Maar kloppen die beelden wel? Zijn zij, zoals sommigen beweren, vervreemd van de samenleving waarin zij leven? Op die vragen geven Harry van Dalen, Arjo Klamer en Kees Koedijk e...
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John Maynard Keynes is weer de meest gerespecteerde econoom in Nederland en dat is veelzeggend volgens Harry van Dalen, Arjo Klamer en Kees Koedijk. Het is een terugkeer die omgeven is met een ambigue houding onder economen, zo blijkt uit hun grootscheepse enquête onder economen. Keynes herinnert ons aan het belang van de korte termijn, 'animal spi...
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Geld is een mysterie. We kunnen niet zonder en willen er altijd meer van. Maar begrijpen we wel wat geld is? Welke prijs het heeft? Hoe het is ontstaan? En hoe het werkt? In dit Elementaire Deeltje ontmaskeren Harry van Dalen en Arjo Klamer het mysterie van dat wat er altijd is geweest en waar we allemaal naar blijven verlangen. Ze vertellen over h...
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In this comment on Boldizzoni (2013), I outline that his argumentation is problematic and his historical point unclear. He claims that a historical perspective exposes the ‘pseudo’-dimension in science and history. From the case of Chili, he concludes that Chicago-economics is a pseudo-science. This accusation backfires when his own argument is pro...
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D66 gaat de komende verkiezingen groots winnen; de PvdA en de VVD verliezen flink. Althans als het aan economen ligt. Zo blijkt uit een recente enquête van Van Dalen, Klamer en Koedijk. Daarmee wordt duidelijk dat de afgelopen twintig jaar het wereldbeeld van economen fundamenteel is veranderd.
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For an evaluation of the values of archaeological and heritage sites, we need to look beyond economic notions such as price and consider the relevant artistic, historical, and social values that such sites generate. The realization of values requires awareness of them and the making real of them. Such realization requires the involvement of the rel...
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Students who aspire to become economists, may think that all they need to do is learn the techniques, do the exams, and get on with it. How naïve students can be. In this chapter I reveal to them what it takes to become an academic economist, that is, an economist at a university. For, so I would warn them, it makes a world of difference whether th...
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The role of the arts and culture in the new economy is changing. This has broadened the scope of cultural policy study and practice and modified its focus. the emergence of a broader concept of culture, where the relevance of creative arts expanded within the scope of cultural industries reflects the processes of democratization of culture and its...
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Jan Tinbergen and Milton Friedman were both very much inspired making economic theory work, applying it in service of society. The Tinbergen approach - the economist as Social Engineer - was exported to Chicago in the 1940s where one of Tinbergen’s students - Tjalling Koopmans - became a prominent member of the Cowles Commission, where his method a...
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Na de publicatie van ons boek "De telgen van Tinbergen" in 1996 is veel veranderd in de wereld van Nederlandse economen. De Amerikanisering die we toen reeds opmerkten bij de jongere generatie heeft zich doorgezet. Dit blijkt uit het beleid aan Nederlandse universiteiten, met veel nadruk op internationale publicaties en uit de meer nadrukkelijke aa...
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Bryan Caplan’s bold and challenging argument is weak on evidence and uses questionable assumptions. He does not prove that politicians go along with voters’ biases, nor that these biases make voters feel good, nor that they cling to these biases tenaciously. And he assumes that the public’s disagreements with professional American economists are “b...
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The authors analyze how different financial modes matter to the creativity of artists—whether they facilitate or interfere with the creativity that leads to artistic achievements. They first discuss the importance of the creative process and the various factors involved—personality characteristics, environmental factors, and motivation patterns. Th...
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Based on themes emerging from his popular 'conversations with economists' (1983), Arjo Klamer once again distinguishes himself from other academic economists by writing about the profession- and its foibles- in plain English. How is it that a discipline that so permeates daily life it at once 'soft' and scientific, powerful and ignored, noble and d...
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Making sense of economists and their world in a persuasive and entertaining style, Arjo Klamer, the author of a number of influential books including Conversation with Economists and The Consequences of Economic Rhetoric, shows that economics is as much about how people interact as it is about the models, the mathematics, the econometrics, the theo...
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Cultural entrepreneurship is a new character in the cultural sector. This paper characterizes the cultural entrepreneur paying homage to the hermeneutic approach of Don Lavoie and others. The challenge is to render the “cultural” meaningful. An invention is the highlighting of the rhetorical qualities of entrepreneurship. A cultural entrepreneur is...
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Science is a winner-take-all profession in which only a few contributions get excessive attention and the large majority of papers receive scant or no attention. This so-called 'waste', together with all the competitive strategies of scientists seeking attention, is part and parcel of every creative profession and not a worrisome fact, as the price...
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Science is a winner-take-all profession in which only few contributions get excessive attention and the large majority of papers remains receives scant or no attention. This so-called ‘waste’ together with all the competitive strategies of scientists seeking attention is part and parcel of any creative profession and not a worrisome fact as the pri...
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Have you ever thought of virtues? Temperance, Courage, Justice, Hope, and Love, just to name a few. And, have you ever thought that they could have anything to do with economics? Economists have long ago separated the moral philosophy (ethics) and the science of choice (economics) from each other. They have supposed that economic transactions – pro...
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Once the euro is a fact, the discussion subsides. The pragmatic interest of making it work comes to prevail. A critic is then made to feel like an unconstructive spoiler of the game. The train has to go on. There is no alternative (an expression that goes by the name of TINA). There is no way back. But what if the foundations of the edifice that ha...
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this paper.] The reason not to include common goods into the standard economic conceptual framework has been the argument that common goods will end up private or public anyway. The habit is to cite the biologist Hardin and his classic "The tragedy of the commons" (1968). The argument is straightforward and can be found in many a textbook (i.e. Var...
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A cultural economic perspective focuses on values as they affect behavior, the valuations in various spheres as well as the valorization, that is, the enhancement or the changing of values. The pragmatic view focuses on the way values function in everyday life and in particular on the deliberations in which they are formed and expressed. Values mat...
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A gift is the transfer of a good without an explicit specification of a quid pro quo. The good can be a tangible thing or money, but it also can be intangible, as in the form of time, attention, information or knowledge. A present is a gift and so may be the attention that one person 'gives' another, or the time that a person donates to an art inst...
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Economic reasoning heavily relies on an outdated accounting scheme. This article contains a proposal to reconsider the conceptualisation of the traditional notions of 'goods' and 'capital.' The point is that to account for crucial goods in the life of humans, communities, organisations, and societies, we need to go beyond the accounting for economi...
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As so many other activities nowadays, modern science revolves around the competition for attention. Unlike in so many other attention games, in science those who seek attention are more or less the same people who are giving it. An important characteristic is the skewness of the distribution of scientific attention. We discuss the effect these char...
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Whereas methodological discussions of scienti®c publication frequently occur in an institutional vacuum, in the sense that they take little account of the process whereby scientific contributionsare published, this symposiumilluminates the urgency of focusing on the increased dominance of commercial considerations in scientific publication in parti...
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To make sense of what economists do. Is there any other reason for studying economicsasa science?It wasthemain reason for me, and it stillis. Ofcourse, other reasons have presented themselves, like being able to distinguish myself from fellow economists around me, becoming a coné dant for the disgruntled among them, having the sheer pleasure of rea...
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Het grootste deel van de wetenschappelijke artikelen wordt nooit geciteerd. Wordt er daarom te veel geld verspild aan wetenschappelijk werk?
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Money means many different things to different persons but also to the same persons. In this artilce we want to sort out the different, and often conflicting meanings of money. In order to do so we have to venture out in other fields besides our own, which is economics. And this is our theme: Money is double sided. In a literal sense and in a manne...
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discussie op de ESB-website, reactie op P.H. Franses, Econometrie in Rotterdam
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In dit artikel wordt een karakterschets gegeven van de Nederlandse vrouwelijke econoom op basis van enquêtegegevens. In vele opzichten verschilt de vrouwelijke econoom nauwelijks van haar mannelijke collega. Toch zijn er onderscheidende elementen. Vrouwen zijn kort samengevat 'realistische economen met een warm hart': zij zoeken inspiratie in reali...
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This paper reports on a survey among Dutch economists in 1995 to discover what makes them tick and how the figure of Jan Tinbergen has influenced a community of economists and what the Americanization of academic life does to the attitudes of economists. Dutch economists are getting eager to run along with the developments in economic science acros...
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Facing a windmill, one Dutchman will see an obstacle to progress that can be removed at small expense and another a heritage of Dutch culture that has to be saved at all expense. Such is the hallmark of modern life. Perspectives differ, values diverge. The value of cultural heritage is in the eye of the beholder. The question posed by this chapter...
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Culture manifests itself in everything human, including the ordinary business of everyday life. Culturally determined values influence negotiations in the market-place, and conflicting values and unshared codes may thwart the development of local or international markets. But economic values also constrain art and culture. Resources are limited, bo...
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The author, born in 1953, is professor of Economics of Art and Culture at Erasmus University, Amsterdam and Research Professor of Economics at George Washington University. After getting his M.A. at the University of Amsterdam he went to the U.S. where he spent 17 years at Duke University, Wellesley College, University of Iowa and George Washington...
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If economics were to be a science like physics, its instruction would include labs. If economics were to be a branch of mathematics, its instruction may stress problem solving. But what if economics represents a way of thinking? What if learning economics is more like learning a language?
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This 1994 collection of interdisciplinary essays was the first to investigate how images in the history of the natural and physical sciences have been used to shape the history of economic thought. The contributors, historians of science and economics alike, document the extent to which scholars have drawn on physical and natural science to ground...
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We investigate possible explanations for the rhetorical gap that divides producers and influential consumers of economic knowledge, academic economists and policymakers, respectively. We argue that economics lacks a developed theory of how academic research influences political decision making. This theoretical lacuna and the nature of the rhetoric...
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It is now sixteen or seventeen years since I saw the Queen of France, then the Dauphiness, at Versailles…. Little did I dream that I should have lived to see disasters fallen upon her in a nation of gallant men…. I thought ten thousand swords must have leaped from their scabbards to avenge even a look that threatened her with insult. But the age of...
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Economic discourse is elusive and frustrating to anyone who tries to enter its maze of questions, terms, diagrams, and models. Most freshmen glare incomprehensibly when the scarcity of resources is urged upon them. When they hear “production possibility curves,” “rational choice,” and “upward sloping supply curves,” they may believe themselves to b...
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The opinions and advice of economists matter not just to politicians, corporations and business people, but to all of us. This study of graduate education in economics aims to show how economists are trained and what values and techniques are instilled during this training. Blending analysis and anecdote, the authors offer conclusions about which q...

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To propose and apply a method called Value-Based Approach (VBA) to evaluate in a systematic way and in in different context the various types of impact of cultural and social activities/projects.
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To analyze the appropriate attitude and role of economists and social scientists more broadly to society and the individuals they study