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TV superstars: how a new technology disrupted the entertainment industry


The rollout of television to virtually every household in the United States in the mid-twentieth century created a potentially huge audience for people working in the entertainment industry. As Felix Koenig explains, this experience illustrates how new technologies can have a disruptive impact on labour markets: a handful of superstars were richly rewarded, but the majority of entertainers ended up worse off.


Felix Koenig

2 March 2020     Paper Number CEPCP574

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This CentrePiece article is published under the centre's Labour markets programme.