Opinion | The Swifties Are Right. Concerts Are Worth the Price.

By Paul Krugman

Produced by Sophia Alvarez Boyd

How much are you willing to pay for a concert ticket? Twenty dollars? A hundred? A thousand?

Some fans of Taylor Swift have reportedly paid more than $20,000 to see her perform live this summer. And now that Beyoncé’s tour has kicked off in the United States, the headlines about sky-high concert prices keep coming.

But in this audio essay, the Opinion columnist and economist Paul Krugman makes the case that live music today is actually quite a bargain.

(A full transcript of this audio essay will be available midday on the Times website.)

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This Opinion Short was produced by Sophia Alvarez Boyd. Editing by Stephanie Joyce and Annie-Rose Strasser. Mixing by Carole Sabouraud. Original music by Carole Sabouraud, Pat McCusker and Isaac Jones. Fact-checking by Mary Marge Locker. Special thanks to Kristina Samulewski and Shannon Busta.

Paul Krugman has been an Opinion columnist since 2000 and is also a distinguished professor at the City University of New York Graduate Center. He won the 2008 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade and economic geography. @PaulKrugman

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