National Museums: To Charge or not to charge?
JEL Classification H20 and H40
John W. O'Hagan
Department of Economics, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Ireland
AbstractThis paper looks at the arguments for and against admission
charges to national museums and provides some new evidence relating to the
effects of charges. This debate is set in the context of the policy objective of
access: the vast majority of the population do not attend national museums and
evidence on this and on the socio-economic composition of those who do attend is
presented for Ireland.
AcknowledgementsThis paper draws heavily on on Access and Admission
Charges to Museums: A Case-Study of the National Museum, a paper presented
to the Statistical and Social Inquiry Society of Ireland, 20th January 1994 by
the author and Christopher Duffy. Helpful comments from Rosemary Clarke, Alan
Peacock, Ruth Towse and many others are gratefully acknowledged and thanks are
extended to the staff of the National Museum of Ireland and Trinity College
Dublin Library for providing much of the data upon which the tables are based.