Journal article

Creative industries in “developing” countries: Questioning country classifications in the UNCTAD creative economy reports

C De Beukelaer

Cultural Trends | Taylor and Francis | Published : 2014


© 2014, Taylor & Francis. The UNCTAD Creative Economy Reports (CERs) are arguably the most influential policy-oriented texts on the global scope and potential of the creative economy. They contain arguments for greater policy attention to the creative economy worldwide and statistical data to illustrate their claims. These reports argue that the creative economy is an area of growth, not only in “developed”, but also in “developing” economies. The central argument of this article is that the way the country classification used in the CERs increases the share of “developing countries” in global creative goods exports in contrast to The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (O..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Many thanks as well to three anonymous reviewers for their constructive engagement with the argument. This research has been funded through a doctoral scholarship awarded by the Institute of Communications Studies, University of Leeds. The European Cultural Foundation, the Risksbankens Jubileumsfund, and ENCATC provided additional funding through their joint Cultural Policy Research Award (2012) and the Roger Dillemans Fund at the University of Leuven granted an Excellence Scholarship (2010-2011).