Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Indices of creative economy: Critique of R. Florida’s creativity indices
Issue: Vol. 11, No 4, 2018
Published date: 12-2018 (print) / 12-2018 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Tomas Kačerauskas
Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Keywords: creative economy, creative society, creative capital, social capital, Gay Index, Talent Index, Melting Pot Index
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2018/11-4/18
Index PUBMS: 77876549-18e5-11e9-82eb-fa163e6feac6
Language: English
Pages: 280-288 (9)
JEL classification: O10

This paper analyzes R. Florida’s creativity indices as related to creative economy. The argument consists of six specific criticisms. 1. Counting the Gay Index is problematic because “gay” is a cultural, social and ethical category, not a physical one. 2. The Talent Index expresses something fundamentally contradictory to talent, namely, an orientation towards an average consumer’s taste. As the Talent Index rises, the actual talent of a society decreases and loses value. As university education becomes more and more attractive, it becomes more easily attainable, and, hence, becomes devalued and, thus, less attractive. Instead of contradicting one another, social and creative capitals supplement each other. 4. There is a saturation point to immigration, so that increasing immigration past this point no longer increases creativity. 5. The Melting Pot Index should be extended by accounting for second and third generations of immigrants. 6. Creativity of a society is nourished not only by its variety but also by its identity, which is inseparable from traditions that have been handed-down over generations.


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