Thursday, 28 March 2013

Design in a downturn? Creative work, labour market dynamics and institutions...

an article by Tara Vinodrai (University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) published in Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy and Society Volume 6 Number 1 (2013)


This article examines how creative workers are adapting to the global economic downturn and how this process is unfolding in different national and regional institutional spaces.

The article draws upon a comparative study of design work in two urban settings in advanced capitalist economies (Toronto, Canada and Copenhagen, Denmark) to explore this question.

It demonstrates that the strategies taken by creative workers to respond to changing economic conditions are actively shaped and constrained by their geographic and institutional contexts.

The article underscores that the existing national and regional institutions provide the foundation for the future possibilities, welfare and prosperity of creative workers.

JEL classification: O18, P5, R23, Z10

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