On the Economics of Physical and Digital Collections in Museums


  • Trilce Navarrete


Museums have been studied by economists in terms of their contribution to the eco­ nomy, by the creation of jobs or attraction of tourists, and in terms of their structure and behaviour as firms. In this chapter, we will draw an organizational framework to discuss the market conditions where museums perform, determined by costs and use of technology, which define market concentration and product differentiation as well as ability to innovate. We close with a discussion on organizational performance as it may be applied to museums managing physical and digital collections.

Author Biography

Trilce Navarrete

Trilce Navarrete is affiliated with Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. She specializes in the economic and historic aspects of digital heritage. She has contributed to the creation of European statistics for digital heritage, first with ENUMERATE and later with EGMUS, and has served as advisor for the creation and evaluation of (national) digital infrastructures. Her research has been driven by an interest to understand the processes involved in the (re)use of heritage materials and their role in the transfer of knowledge across time. Navarrete holds a Ph.D. in Humanities, M.A. in Cultural Economics, and M.A. in Museum Management.




How to Cite

Navarrete, T. (2018). On the Economics of Physical and Digital Collections in Museums. Uncommon Culture, 7(1/2), 57–73. Retrieved from https://journals.uic.edu/ojs/index.php/UC/article/view/9236