nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2006‒02‒19
three papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Universita degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Children reading fiction books because they want to By Ours,Jan C. van
  2. Does Culture Affect Economic Outcomes? By Guiso, Luigi; Sapienza, Paola; Zingales, Luigi
  3. Cultural transmission of religious attitudes among Spanish Catholics By Pablo Brañas-Garza

  1. By: Ours,Jan C. van (Tilburg University, Center for Economic Research)
    Abstract: This paper investigates the reading of fiction books by 15-year-olds in 18 OECD countries. It appears that girls fiction books more often than boys, whereas boys read comic books more often than girls. The intensity by which children read fiction books is influenced by parental education, family structure, and the number of books and tv's at home. Reading comic books does not affect the reading of fiction books. Parents who want their children to read fiction books frequently should have a lot of books at home and at most one television.
    Keywords: reading;PISA-data; books
    JEL: L82 Z11
    Date: 2006
  2. By: Guiso, Luigi; Sapienza, Paola; Zingales, Luigi
    Abstract: Economists have been reluctant to rely on culture as a possible determinant of economic phenomena. The notion of culture is so broad and the channels through which it can enter the economic discourse so vague that it is difficult to design testable hypotheses. In this paper we show this does need to be the case. We introduce a narrower definition of culture that allows for a simple methodology to develop and test cultural-based explanations. We also present several applications of this methodology: from the choice to become entrepreneur to that of how much to save, to end with the political decision on income redistribution.
    Keywords: cultural; culture; culture economics; culture-based; economic outcomes
    JEL: A10 J10 Z10
    Date: 2006–02
  3. By: Pablo Brañas-Garza (Department of Economic Theory and Economic History, University of Granada)
    Abstract: This paper examines how church attendance by mothersand fathers may influence their children´s religious practice. On the assumption that both maternal and paternal attendance are production factors for the religious capital of their offspring,we analyse whether the father can substitute for the mother´s attendance and vice versa. The analysis shows that: (i) the rol of the mother within Spanish households is more active than fathers; (ii) both parents attendance are positive factor of offspring current attendance; (iii) substitution among parents is possible; (iv)thus, the standard production function works.
    Keywords: church-attendance, offspring education, production function
    JEL: C90 C91 D63 D64
    Date: 2006–02–07

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