Paul Stepan (Mag. rer.soc.oec.)



- Since 2009 Lecturer at the "Institut für Kulturmanagement und Kulturwissenschaft" of the University of Music and Performing Arts Vienna


- Since 2006 Chairman of the Austrian Society for Cultural Economics and Policy Studies (FOKUS)


- Since 1997 Consultant for policy making bodies


Former positions

- Managing director of Eurozine Gesellschaft zur Vernetzung von Kulturmedien mbH (2011 - 2014)


- Lecturer at the International MA program in Cultural Production, University of Salzburg (2011)


- Treasurer of the festival SOHO in Ottakring (2009-2015)


- Austrian Delegate for the "Expert Group on maximising the potential of cultural and creative industries, in particular that of SMEs" of the European Council (2008-2010). (Report)


- Paternity Leave (May 2008 - July 2009).


- Assistant at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Institute for Cultural Economics and Creative Industries (2003-2007).


- Alternative civilian service (2002-2003).


- Scholarship at the Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) (1999-2000).


Research interests

- Economics of Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights

- Creative Industries and Innovation

- Cultural and Media Economics

- Welfare Economics

- Micro Economics


Academic teaching

- Cultural Economics

- Economics of Creative Industries

- Economics of intellectual property rights

- Cultural Policies


Consulting and commissioned research

- Austria Wirtschaft Service GmbH (AWS) -

- Austrian Federal Ministry for Education, the Arts and Culture -

- City of Graz -

- City of Vienna -

- European Commission -

- Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) -

- Regional Government Styria -

- Spanish Author’s Society -

- Vienna Film Funds -



2004    Siena summer school on Intellectual Property, Innovation and Competition
2002    Masters degree in Economics, University of Vienna.



Recent publications and reports

Handke, Christian, Paul Stepan and Ruth Towse (2016), ‘Cultural Economics and the Internet’ in eds. J. M. Bauer & M. Latzer, Handbook on the Economics of the Internet, Cheltenham and Northampton, Edward Elgar, 2016 (forthcoming)


Aliette Dörflinger, Veronika Ratzenböck, Paul Stepan et. Al (2015), ‘Finanzierungssituation und -bedarf der Österreichischen Kultur- und Kreativwirtschaft’, KMU-Forschung (


Stepan, Paul (2014) ‘Urheberrecht und Subventionen – Anreizprobleme zwischen zwei staatlichen Interventionen’ in ‘Gemeinnützige Medien-Archive in Österreich’, ed. Moser and Wahl, Facultas, S. 35-43. (


Stepan, Paul (2013), 'Film'– in Handbook of the Digital Creative Economy Cultural Economics, ed. Ruth Towse and Christian Handke, Edward Elgar Publishing, S. 399–408.


Stepan, Paul (2013), Urheberrecht und Digitalisierung – eine Zwischenbilanz in Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft, 39:3, S. 405–420 (