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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