Index-Based Measurement of Creative Industries’ Impact on National Economy


  • Ugne Daubaraite-Radikiene Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania
  • Grazina Startiene Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania



Creative Industries, Cultural Industries, Creative Economy, Creativity Index, European Union


For more than 20 years creative industries (CI) have been experiencing increasing attention from both academia and policymakers alike. Capable of creating jobs, invigorating cities and regions, cultural and social life, contributing to the increase in value added, exports and quality of life, numerous studies proved CI to have broad impact on national economy, as evident not only in economic, but also in sociocultural and environmental areas. Authors aim to develop a model of CI impact on national economy integrating economic, sociocultural, and environmental indicators, to create the index for measuring the CI impact on national economy, and to adapt it empirically to the case of the EU countries in 2008 – 2016. Research confirms that the impact of CI is observed in economic, sociocultural, and environmental impact areas. CIIE index allows estimating CI impact on national economy and enables to draw comparisons among the EU countries in 2008 – 2016 based on CI impact on national economy. This study reveals direct dependence between the factors of CI development and CI impact on national economy. With reference to the index describing the conditions of CI development (Global Creativity Index), three clusters of the EU countries were identified using CI impact on national economy (CIIE) index. Clustering confirms that historical, social, economic, and political development of a country determines conditions for CI emergence and development, and, consequently, influences CI impact on national economy.

Author Biographies

Ugne Daubaraite-Radikiene, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Ugnė Daubaraitė – Radikienė is a doctor of science in the field of Social Sciences (Economics), a researcher of the research group “Sustainable Economy” of Kaunas University of Technology, School of Economics and Business. She received undergraduate degree in Business Management, graduate degree in Economics (Marketing) and a Ph.D. in Economics at Kaunas University of Technology. Ugnė has experience in various research and study projects. Her main areas of scientific interest are creative and cultural industries, creative economy.

Grazina Startiene, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania

Gražina Startienė is a Professor in Economics at the School of Economics and Business, Kaunas University of Technology, Lithuania. Her research interests include international economics and trade, currency and international settlement, industry competitiveness. ORCID iD

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