Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Economics

First Advisor

Qi Ge

Abstract

Using data from the 2004-2015 opera house seasons in the United States and Germany, I use an ordinary least squares regression with demographic data and Google Trend search data to show that the decline of opera in the United States is due to a cultural shift in attitudes. Previously, there has been minimal empirical research done on this topic, indicating it is a topic worth considering. I find that the demographic data is surprisingly insignificant. More importantly, I find that the Google Trend search data is significant for Germany’s regression. These results suggest that there is no decline in the opera in Germany, as predicted, and the cultural shift is toward the opera rather than away. There is no significant data that shows a decline in the opera industry in the United States.

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