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Karol J Borowiecki

Professor of the Economic History of the Arts, University of Southern Denmark

Professor Karol J. Borowiecki is internationally recognized as a leading authority on the economic history of the arts, and he currently heads the Arts and Creativity focus area at the University of Southern Denmark. Karol is mostly known for his highly original research approaches and for making a societal impact.

Despite his relatively young academic age, he has a strong publication record, publishing in leading economics journals, as well as interdisciplinary outlets. Furthermore, he has a forthcoming textbook with Cambridge University Press, and has co-edited a book with Springer on cultural heritage, which became a main reference point for scholars, practitioners and policy makers (with >300k downloads). Karol’s work provides original approaches to the study of existing, large problems, which cannot be analyzed in conventional ways. Some of his innovative work is regarded as path-breaking, e.g., the UN World Happiness Report 2019 presents Karol’s linguistic inquiry method to study well-being as a solution to "prediction policy problems". Karol is pioneer and lobbyist for the economic history of the arts (the intersection between economic history and cultural economics).

Karol’s position as one of the leading cultural economists in Europe has been recognized in a variety of ways. He has been collaborating with, consulting or influencing some of the most important institutions in Europe, including the European Commission, National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Nesta), The Arts Council England, and The Ministry of Culture and Communication in France. He shapes policy in Europe by frequently writing policy briefs and speaking to the public and media. Karol is globally ranked among top 5% economists and is among the top-20 cultural economists in the world (Ideas RePEc).


  • 2017–present
    Professor of the economics of the creative arts, University of Southern Denmark