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Concentration and product diversity in culture-based industries: A case study of the music recording industry


1990 1990

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Abstract (summary)

This dissertation explores the relationship between technical innovation, product innovation, and industry structure in culture-based industries, taking the music recording industry as a case study. It investigates how technical change may stimulate the entry of new firms and examines the role of new firms as product innovators.

Evidence is provided which suggests that the two periods of significant competition in the recording industry have occurred as a consequence of technical innovations that facilitated the entry of new innovative firms. These technical innovations reduced the level of fixed costs and the scale of efficient operation in production and manufacture.

Horizontal mergers and increased vertical integration are major factors in subsequent periods of renewed industry concentration. It is suggested that a consequence of a high level of industry concentration is a lower level of product diversity and variety.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Economic theory;
Music;
Labor relations
Classification
0511: Economic theory
0413: Music
0629: Labor relations
Identifier / keyword
Communication and the arts, Social sciences
Title
Concentration and product diversity in culture-based industries: A case study of the music recording industry
Author
Alexander, Peter James
Number of pages
128
Publication year
1990
Degree date
1990
School code
0118
Source
DAI-A 51/11, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
Advisor
Shepherd, William G.
University/institution
University of Massachusetts Amherst
University location
United States -- Massachusetts
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
9110098
ProQuest document ID
303818562
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/303818562
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