Elisabetta Lazzaro is cultural economist and Professor of Creative Economy at HKU.


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Elisabetta Lazzaro is cultural economist and Professor of Creative Economy at HKU. She has formerly been professor at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium, at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA, and at Padua University, Italy. She holds a PhD in Economics jointly from Université Libre de Bruxelles and Université Paris 1-Panthéon-Sorbonne.

Prof. Lazzaro’s publications and research focus on cultural economics, management and policy analysis, including: value, innovation and valorization of the creative process; business models, stakeholders, structures and regulation of art markets and creative industries; cultural participation and audience development; culture, regional development and cohesion; socio-economic impact and capacity building of culture; culture in international relations.

In her field experience Prof. Lazzaro has similarly assisted several international and national cultural institutions, national governments, regional administrations and non-profit and for-profit cultural organizations.

Prof. Lazzaro is working on novel research aiming at better capturing and fostering the added value and impact that artists, cultural and creative makers, entrepreneurs and organisations generate not only within the cultural and creative sector but also at a wider societal level, with relevant professional and policy implications.

The methodological approach she is developing is based on creative crossovers, which refer to complex, dynamic and indirect effects in the wider economy and society beyond the creative industries sector. Creative crossovers can be strategically planned, and as such embedded in viable business models of creative professionals and industries to innovate and co-create with other socio-economic sectors.

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  • Lazzaro E., Moureau N., Vidal M., What drives the VIPs of the art world? Collectors in the light of textual analysis, Cátedra Corona n. 23 - Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, 2015, ISSN 1657-477X, 30 pages.

  • Lazzaro E., “Reading Newspaper Articles”, in Michalos, A. C. (ed.), Encyclopedia of Quality of Life Research, Springer, Dordrecht, 2014, ISBN 978-9400707528, pp. 5406-5407.
  • Lazzaro E., Fontainha E., “Time and wellbeing in arts and media participation: Disentangling Americans’ quality of experience”, 12th International Conference of Management of the Arts and Culture (AIMAC), Proceedings, 2013.
  • Lazzaro E., “La valeur de l’originalité dans les multiples de Rembrandt”, in Raux S., Surlapierre N., Tonneau-Ryckelynck D. (eds.), L'estampe, un art multiple à la portée de tous ?, Presses Universitaires du Septentrion, Lille, 2008, ISBN 978-27574000054, pp. 65-76. 
  • Lazzaro E., “Originalità, copie e mercato dell’arte”, in Frateschi C., Mistri M. (eds.), I valori dell’arte, Carocci, Rome, 2006, ISBN 978-8843039357, pp. 75-93.
  • Lazzaro E., Moureau, M., D. Sagot-Duvauroux, “From the market of copies to the market of fakes: Adverse selection and moral hazard in the market of artistic paintings”, in Mossetto G., Vecco M. (eds.), The Economics of Copying and Counterfeiting, F. Angeli, Milan, 2004, ISBN 978-8846460424, pp. 93-118.
  • Lazzaro E., Building blocks for future organisational models for the coordination of heritage digitisation in Europe, Dutch Ministry of Culture, Education and Science, The Hague, 2004, 35 pages.
  • Lazzaro E., “An analysis of the impact of differentiation strategies on market share”, in Artists' Career Development, Artists' Labour Markets, Support and Policies for Artists - International Symposium, Tokyo 28-30 May 1999, ACEI/JACE Proceedings, Japan Association of Cultural Economics, Tokyo, 2000, pp. 113-121.
  • Lazzaro E., “Le tariffe dei servizi pubblici locali: Loro impatto sul consumatore ed effetti sulle gestioni”, in A. Di Porto, M. Lacchini, G. Mossetto (eds.) Relazione sui Servizi Pubblici nella Città di Roma, Authority of Local Public Utilities of the Municipality of Rome, Rome, 2000, pp. I-XIII, 1-153.
  • Lazzaro E., Mossetto G., “Le determinanti dei prezzi delle opere d'arte” (with G. Mossetto), in Candela G., Benini M. (eds.), Produzione e Circolazione dell'Informazione nel Mercato dell'Arte, CLUEB, Bologna, 1997, ISBN 978-8880914310, pp. 41-58.
  • van der Borg J., Lazzaro E., Russo A.P., Applicazione della telematica all’offerta turistica veneziana come strumento di politica regolatrice dei flussi di visitatori, ICARE and Telecom Italia, Venice, 1997, 145 pages.
  • Lazzaro E., “The market appreciation of a contemporary painter: An investigation through auction records”, in Quine M., Laszlo H. (eds.), International Conference on Arts Management – London, July 1995 – Proceedings, Department of Arts Policy & Management, City University, London, 1996, pp. 143-152.