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University Avenue Undergraduate Journal of Economics

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Investing In The Arts: Financial And Aesthetic Returns To Prints, Adam Finkelstein Jan 2002

Investing In The Arts: Financial And Aesthetic Returns To Prints, Adam Finkelstein

University Avenue Undergraduate Journal of Economics

This paper will revisit the economic question “is buying art profitable?” facing any potential investor by focusing specifically on the market for prints. The answer will account for both pecuniary and aesthetic benefits. Previous inquiry into the returns of investments in art and their methodologies is first reviewed. Then a framework for measuring utility from prints from market-observed leasing prices is described. Various price indexes for returns to Picasso and Chagall prints are compiled for the years 1977 to 1997 using a market basket technique. The indexes are then combined with the utility framework. Real and nominal returns to prints ...