There is a growing recognition among policy makers and governments around the world of the importance of the creative industries. As these sectors continue to grow, it is increasingly important to understand the definitions and standards used in domestic and international markets.
This review provides an overview of the official sources for economic data on creative trade. There are considerable differences in how trading authorities and policy makers define creative trade and subsectors. Standardisation of the definitions and methodologies used to measure creative economic activity is vital in an increasingly globalised world, as it supports frictionless trade and makes it easier for economists to understand how creative trade operates on an international scale.