The issue address the changing paradigm in the economic analysis of cultural production and heritage preservation. New emphasis on the role of creativity in society, the spread of the digital revolution and the reconsideration of culture and heritage as drivers of sustainable development and social quality are radically changing the analytical perspectives and research agenda. The selection of papers, involving some of the leading cultural economic scholars including Benghozi, Cuccia, Greffe, Kakiuchi, Marrelli, Paris, Rizzo, Sacco, Tavano Blessi, Throsby, present several dimensions of such evolving pattern.