Entertainment Industry
A Reference Handbook
by Michael J. Haupert
August 2012, 288pp, 6x9
1 volume, ABC-CLIO

Hardcover: 978-1-59884-594-5
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On its surface, the entertainment industry seems surreal. It seems to be defined by tabloids, short-lived celebrity romances, television gossip shows, glamour, and glitz. In reality, it is a serious, profit-driven business, like any other industry; yet the entertainment business is also uniquely driven by unusual economic principles.

This book serves as a one-stop source for comprehensive information on the entertainment industry, providing a historical overview of the economics of the field, a series of short biographies of the impact makers, and an extensive annotated bibliography of more sources for in-depth research.

Entertainment Industry: A Reference Handbook casts the spotlight on the evolution of the entertainment industry over the entire span of the 20th century, covering everything from vaudeville to radio and from sports to television and movies. It explores how the entertainment industry stands apart from other high-dollar, big-business enterprises with regard to how its economy is sustained, and it serves as a handy source for more in-depth information that general readers will find fascinating.

An extensive annotated bibliography guides reader through their research, while a historical overview of the economics of the industry, a series of short biographies of the impact makers in the industry, and sources of more current information makes this work essential reading for anyone seeking comprehensive and specific information about the entertainment industry.

Michael J. Haupert is professor of economics at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. His published works include Greenwood's The Entertainment Industry and the forthcoming "The Economic History of Entertainment and Sports" in The Routledge Handbook of Modern Economic History and "Regime Switching and Wages in Major League Baseball Under the Reserve Clause" in the journal Cliometrica 6.


"The author covers a broad topic through the lenses of both economics and technology, yet achieves his goal of providing a go-to reference for all readers. Useful, intuitive glossary."—Choice, March 1, 2013

"Written so a high school student can understand but also at an interest level for college students, the brief entries are an excellent overview or starting point for further research on any aspects of the entertainment industry and its effect on culture."—ARBA, January 1, 2013

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