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Do free museums serve all social classes?

Graham Watson

14th September 2018

Free museum access is often depicted as something that might be classified as a quasi-public good, but this Newsnight clip debates whether or not that's the case.

Are museums the preserve of the middle-class, and does free access simply admit those who are already able to pay? Or do they give the working-class access to culture and generate positive external effects.

This debate is particularly apt for the new Design Museum in Dundee - 1 in 4 children live in poverty in the city. Oh, and there are multiplier effects.

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to Tutor2U, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.


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