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The Globalisation of Cultural Trade: A Shift in Consumption - International flows of cultural goods and services 2004-2013

By Lydia Deloumeaux, UNESCO Institute for Statistics, Montreal, 2016, 192 pages, ISBN: 978-92-9189-185-6

The report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) entitled The Globalisation of Cultural Trade: A Shift in Consumption - International flows of cultural goods and services 2004-2013 takes an in-depth look at the export and import of cultural goods and services around the world. The report explores key aspects of the globalization of cultural flows, including trends in the trade of cultural goods and services from 2004-2013. Data and analysis presented in the report show that China is now the lead exporter of cultural goods, while the United States remains the top importer of these goods. Also, this report analyses the impact of the 2008 economic crisis, details the major types of products that are traded internationally, and describes innovative models and statistics that have been developed to improve the accuracy of these data. This report represents a step forward in our understanding of the trends in the global trade of cultural goods and services. It is valuable resource for policymakers, academics and others interested in a longitudinal analysis of international cultural trade.

The report is available online at: www.uis.unesco.org/culture/Documents/international-flows-cultural-goods-report-en.pdf