nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2009‒07‒28
three papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
University of the Piemonte Orientale

  1. Making World Heritage Truly Global: The Culture Certificate Scheme By Bruno S. Frey; Paolo Pamini
  2. Zeitverwendungsforschung und Mediennutzung By Merz, Joachim
  3. The Cultural Dimensions of the Vietnamese Private Entrepreneurship By Quan-Hoang Vuong; Tran Tri Dung

  1. By: Bruno S. Frey; Paolo Pamini
    Abstract: Culture has attributes of a global public good that needs to be preserved for mankind as a whole. World Culture Certificates are proposed to efficiently preserve World Heritage. The community of nations has to agree on the Global Heritage List and how much each nation is to contribute to that purpose. Each World Heritage site conserved is acknowledged through the issuance of a tradable Certificate. Countries and private firms are induced to seek sites where financial resources can be spent most productively. This leads to an efficient allocation of resources to preserve World Heritage.
    Keywords: Global public good; World Heritage; Cultural Certificates; Monuments; UNESCO
    JEL: Z11 D6 F5 H87
    Date: 2009–06
  2. By: Merz, Joachim
    Abstract: The possibilities of time use research approaches for the analysis of the use of media is the focus of this study. After describing previous studies of media analyses time use research is characterised and the particular suitability of its central surveying instruments – stylised survey information and time use diaries – is investigated for media use analyses. The various new surveying instruments will be newly systematized according to survey principles and survey features/attributes and illustrated by numerous product examples. The critical appraisal yields recommendations for a method mix of time use diaries and new technology based surveying instruments.
    Keywords: Time use research; media use; media analyses; time use diaries; new technology based surveying instruments
    JEL: J22 C81 D10 C80
    Date: 2009–01
  3. By: Quan-Hoang Vuong (Centre Emile Bernheim, Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Brussels.); Tran Tri Dung (Dan Houtte, Vuong & Partners, Hanoi, Vietnam.)
    Abstract: In this essay, we explore cultural impacts on the private entrepreneurship in the post-Doi Moi Vietnam. Some important aspects of the traditional cultural values of the Vietnamese society are explored in conjunction with the socio-economic changes over the past two decades. Traditional cultural values continue to have strong impacts on the Vietnamese society, and to a large extent to adversely affect the entrepreneurial spirit of the community. Typical constraints private entrepreneurs face may have roots in the cultural facet as legacy of the Confucian society, such as relationship-based bank credit. Low quality business education is both victim and culprit of the long-standing tradition that looks down on the role of private entrepreneurship in the country.
    Keywords: Culture; Confucian values; Confucianism; Entrepreneurship; Market economy; Rent seeking; Vietnam
    JEL: A14 E00 L14 L26 M21 P20 P31 Z10 Z13
    Date: 2009–07

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