Econcult doctoral students Jordi Sanjuán and Fernando Álvarez have recently been making significant developments in their respective research. The first preliminary results are beginning to be seen, which are really promising and give an idea of the potential impact that the resulting doctoral theses are expected to have in the academic, economic and social spheres.

Jordi Sanjuán’s thesis deals with the relationship between cultural and creative industries and regional welfare. Using sophisticated Machine Learning techniques that he has had the opportunity to perfect during his recent stay at the Joint Research Centre, Jordi Sanjuán analyses how cultural and creative industries generate positive impacts on such varied dimensions of well-being as income, civic engagement, life satisfaction, health, education, employment, housing, environment, social cohesion… The first indications point to very significant effects of cultural sectors on areas that had not been explored so far in the empirical academic literature.

Fernando Álvarez researches on the economic impact of cultural and creative industries in the framework of the HIECPU/2020/5 Project “ES_CCAMVI. Strategies from culture and creativity for the modification of the Valencian model towards innovation” funded by the Department of Finance and Economic Model of the Generalitat Valenciana. Its methodological approach consists of the application of Input-Output Analysis for more than 60 countries which, as a whole, account for 90% of the world’s economic activity in terms of GDP. The economic impact will be estimated in terms of added value, employment and income. The first results show the strength of China as a major player in the field of cultural and creative industries. As for European countries, the strength of the publishing sector in Spain and the dynamism of the creative arts in Italy are reaffirmed.

The first preliminary results give an idea of the potential impact that the resulting doctoral theses are expected to have in the academic, economic and social spheres.