Beyond the Numbers

PRICES & SPENDING   •  Mar 2015  •  Volume 4 / Number 6

Movies, music, and sports: U.S. entertainment spending, 2008–2013

Movies, music, and sports: U.S. entertainment spending, 2008–2013

This article examines entertainment spending from 2008 to 2013 and analyzes the relationships between entertainment spending and income, education, and age.

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