Ruth Towse

Professor Ruth Towse

  • rtowse at bournemouth dot ac dot uk
  • Professor in Economics of Creative Industries
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Biography

Ruth Towse is Professor of Economics of Creative Industries and Co-Director of the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management. She is also Professor Emerita of Erasmus University Rotterdam. She held previous posts in economics at Middlesex University, Thammasat University Bangkok (Thailand), the Institute of Education, University of London, City University (Department of Arts Policy and Management), the London School of Economics and at the University of Exeter.

Ruth Towse’s main area of expertise is in cultural economics with special reference to the economics artists’ labour markets and copyright in the cultural industries. She has published widely in academic journals in these fields and has authored several books, as well as editing several major collections. Her latest books are a Handbook of the Digital Creative Economy, 2013 (edited with Christian Handke) and Advanced Introduction to Cultural Economics (2014).

Ruth Towse has lectured, given seminars and participated in conferences in most European countries, the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan and Korea...

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Journal Articles

  • Towse, R., 2016. Economics of music publishing: copyright and the market. Journal of Cultural Economics, 1-18.
  • Rizzo, I. and Towse, R., 2015. In memoriam Alan Peacock: a pioneer in cultural economics. JOURNAL OF CULTURAL ECONOMICS, 39 (3), 225-238.
  • Rizzo, I. and Towse, R., 2015. In memoriam Alan Peacock: a pioneer in cultural economics. Journal of Cultural Economics, 39 (3), 225-238.
  • Towse, R., 2013. The Economic Effects of Digitization on the Administration of Musical Copyrights. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, 10(2), 55-67.
  • Towse, R., 2013. The quest for evidence on the economic effects of copyright law. Cambridge Journal of Economics, 37 (5), 1187-1202.
  • Towse, R., 2012. Economics of Copyright Collecting Societies and Digital Rights: Is There a Case for a Centralised Digital Copyright Exchange? Review of Economic Research in Copyright Issues, 9 (2), 3-30.
  • Towse, R., 2011. What We Know, What We Don't Know, and What Policy-makers Would Like Us to Know About the Economics of Copyright. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, 8 (2), 101-120.
  • Towse, R., 2010. Creativity, Copyright and the Creative Industries Paradigm. Kyklos, 63, 461-478.
  • Towse, R., Handke, C. and Stepan, P., 2008. The economics of copyright law: a stocktake of the literature. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, 5, 1-22.
  • Towse, R., 2008. Why has cultural economics ignored copyright? Journal of Cultural Economics, 32, 243-259.
  • Towse, R. and Handke, C., 2007. Economics of copyright collecting societies. International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law, 38, 937-957.
  • Towse, R., 2007. The Singer or the Song? Developments in Performers' Rights from the Perspective of a Cultural Economist. Review of Law and Economics, 3, 745-766.
  • Towse, R., 2006. Chapter 24 Human Capital and Artists' Labour Markets. Handbook of the Economics of Art and Culture, 1, 865-894.
  • Towse, R., 2006. Copyright and creativity: an application of cultural economics. Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, 3, 83-91.
  • Towse, R. and Watt, R., 2006. Copyright Protection Standards and Authors’ Time Allocation. Industrial and Corporate Change, 15, 995-1011.
  • Towse, R., 2006. Copyright and artists: a view from cultural economics. Journal of Economic Surveys, 20, 567-585.
  • Towse, R., 2005. Economics and Copyright Reform: aspects of the EC Directive. Telematics and Informatics, 22, 11-24.
  • Towse, R., 2005. Alan Peacock and Cultural Economics. The Economic Journal, 115, F262-F276.
  • Towse, R., 2003. Journal of Cultural Economics: Farewell Editorial. Journal of Cultural Economics, 27 (1), 3-7.
  • Towse, R., 2001. Partly for the money: Rewards and incentives to artists. Kyklos, 54 (2-3), 473-490.
  • Towse, R., 1999. Copyright and economic incentives: An application to performers' rights in the music industry. Kyklos, 52 (3), 369-390.
  • Towse, R. and Taylor, M., 1998. The value of performers' rights: An economic approach. Media, Culture and Society, 20 (4), 631-652.
  • Towse, R., 1997. The Monopolies and Mergers Commission's investigation of the U.K. music market. Journal of Cultural Economics, 21 (2), 147-151.

Books

Chapters

  • Towse, R., 2016. ‘Copyright and Music Publishing in the UK’. In: Rizzo, I. and Towse, R., eds. The Artful Economist. A New Look at Cultural Ecopnomics.. Springer, 133-152.
  • Towse, R., Handke, C. and Stepan, P., 2016. Cultural Economics and the Internet. In: Bauer, J., ed. Handbook on the Economics of the Internet. Edward Elgar.
  • Towse, R., 2015. ‘The Dismal Science of Paying the Piper’. Alan Peacock Dissenting…. Edinburgh: David Hume Institute.
  • Towse, R., 2014. Economics of Performers’ Rights. Handbook of Economics of Copyright A guide for teachers and students. Unknown, 129-140.
  • Towse, R., 2014. Economics and economic impact of copyright. Handbook on the Economics of the Media. 328-349.
  • Towse, R., Attladottir, K. and Kretschmer, M., 2013. Artists, authors’ rights and copyright. In: Towse, R. and Handke, C., eds. Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy. Cheltenham UK and Northampton, MA USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 274-283.
  • Towse, R., 2013. Performing arts. In: Towse, R. and Handke, C., eds. Handbook on the Digital Creative Economy. Cheltenham UK and Northampton, MA USA: Edward Elgar Publishing, 311-321.
  • Towse, R., 2011. Performing arts. A Handbook of Cultural Economics, Second Edition. 339-343.
  • Towse, R., 2011. Opera and ballet. A Handbook of Cultural Economics, Second Edition. 313-319.
  • Towse, R., 2011. Creative industries. A Handbook of Cultural Economics, Second Edition. 125-131.
  • Towse, R., 2011. Creativity. A Handbook of Cultural Economics, Second Edition. 132-137.
  • Blaug, M. and Towse, R., 2011. Cultural entrepreneurship. A Handbook of Cultural Economics, Second Edition. 153-157.
  • Towse, R. and Handke, C., 2008. Developments in the Economics of Copyright. In: Drexl, J., ed. Research Handbook of Intellectual Property and Competition Law. Cheltenham UK and Northampton, MA, USA: Edward Elgar, 373-402.
  • Küng, L., Picard, R.G. and Towse, R., 2008. Theoretical perspectives on the impact of the internet on the mass media industries. The Internet and the Mass Media. 17-44.
  • Küng, L., Picard, R.G. and Towse, R., 2008. Conclusions. The Internet and the Mass Media. 170-177.
  • Küng, L., Picard, R.G. and Towse, R., 2008. Introduction. The Internet and the Mass Media. 1-16.
  • Des, F., Henten, A., Towse, R. and Wallis, R., 2008. The impact of the internet on media policy, regulation and copyright law. The Internet and the Mass Media. 102-124.
  • Towse, R., 2006. Human capital and artists’ labour markets. In: Ginsburgh, V. and Throsby, D., eds. Handbook of the Economics of Arts and Culture. Amsterdam, Netherlands: North-Holland/ Elsevier, 865-894.
  • Towse, R., 2003. Cultural industries. A Handbook of Cultural Economics. 170-176.
  • Towse, R., 2003. Opera. A Handbook of Cultural Economics. 342-348.

Conferences

  • Towse, R., 2017. Economics of Copyrignt Management Organisations in the Creative Industries. In: WINIR 4-6 April 2016 University of Bristol.
  • Towse, R., 2014. How can creativity foster the EU economy? In: Catalunya Creativa - Catalan Institute for the Cultural Companies (ICEC) 17 January 2014 Barcelona, Spain.
  • Towse, R., 2013. Digitization and the Creative Economy. In: Forum d'Avignon 21-22 November 2013 Avignon, France.
  • Towse, R., 2013. Digitization and the Creative Economy. In: Seminar 27 September 2013 University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
  • Towse, R., 2013. The Economic Effects of Digitization on the Administration of Musical Copyrights. In: SERCI (Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues) 8-9 July 2013 Paris.
  • Towse, R., 2013. Impact of Digitization on the Performing Arts. In: Seminar 27 February 2013 University of Catania, Italy.
  • Towse, R., 2012. Economics of copyright and archiving. In: Ars Electronika Festival 1 September 2012 Linz, Austria.
  • Towse, R., 2012. Economics of copyright collecting societies and digital rights: is there a case for a centralised digital copyright exchange? In: SERCI (Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues) 7-8 July 2012 Washington DC, USA.
  • Towse, R., 2012. Economics of copyright collecting societies and digital rights. In: ACEI (Association for Cultural Economics International) 21-24 June 2012 Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan.

Internet Publications

Grants

  • Economic survival in a long established creative industry: strategies, business models and copyright in music publishing (AHRC, 01 Jan 2014). Completed
  • Economic survival in a long established creative industry: strategies, business models and copyright in music publishing (AHRC, 01 Jan 2014). Completed

Qualifications

  • PhD in Economics (Erasmus University, Rotterdam, 2000)
  • MSc in Economics (London School of Economics, 1966)
  • BA (Hons) in Political Economy (University of Reading, 1964)

Memberships

  • Association for Cultural Economics International, President (2006-2008), http://www.culturaleconomics.org/
  • Journal of Cultural Economics, Editor,
  • Review of Economic Research on Copyright Issues, Editor,
  • Society for Economic Research on Copyright Issues, President (2004-2006), http://www.serci.org/
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