The Princeton economist Alan Krueger — he led the Council of Economic Advisers under Obama, and his research has been featured several times on Freakonomics.com — is among a group of scholars launching a new endeavor. It’s called the Music Industry Research Association, and they want you to come to their first conference, at UCLA, in August. Here’s their writeup:
Starting with Alfred Marshall’s “superstar model” and continuing with Baumol’s Disease, a number of breakthroughs in economics have come from studying the music industry. The music business also provides a fun and easy way to engage students in economics. To promote cutting-edge research on the economics of music, a group of economists, including Alan Krueger, Joel Waldfogel and Julie Mortimer, has formed the Music Industry Research Association (MIRA).
The goal of MIRA is to provide a forum for economists and other researchers to interact with one another and music industry professionals to study trends, developments, and challenges facing the music industry, and to provide access to data. MIRA will hold its first conference of researchers, industry leaders, and musicians on August 10–11, 2017, at the Luskin Conference Center at the University of California, Los Angeles. You can register for the conference here.