Using New Metrics to Assess the Role of the Arts in Well-Being: Some Initial Results from the Economics of Happiness

Authors: Carol Graham, Soumya Chattopadhyay, and Jai Roberto Lakhanpal



There is implicit consensus that the arts play a positive role in most societies, with good reason. The arts are a result of the creativity of the producers, and elicit that of consumers. They can have positive social externalities by generating events for social gatherings and creative exchange. They enhance our visual and auditory environments. They are as old as human existence and the most notable works far outlast the lifetimes of their creators. But how can we measure the contribution that the arts make to society and to human well-being? 

Published in: Office of Research & Analysis or the National Endowment for the Arts

Publication Date: 2014

Country: United States

Language: English

Type: Programs/Projects