nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2009‒08‒16
seven papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
University of the Piemonte Orientale

  1. Status Quo and Future Challenges for the Research Infrastructure in the Field of Culture By Jörg Rössel; Gunnar Otte
  2. Mass Media Research By Heiner Meulemann; Jörg Hagenah
  3. The Behavioral Equivalence of Organizational Culture By Indu Rao
  4. A Glimpse of the Tiger: How Much are Indians Willing to Pay for It? By Indrila Guha
  5. From Fortress to Network: Changing Structures of News Media Production By Charlie Beckett
  6. NGOs as Gatekeepers to Local Media: Networked News for Developing Countries By Charlie Beckett
  7. Rispana Valley Historical Area By William Stichter

  1. By: Jörg Rössel; Gunnar Otte
    Abstract: The term “culture” is notorious for the multitude of its meanings. This expertise strictly focuses on culture in terms of the arts. We adopt a sociological as well as an economic perspective. Research questions are subdivided into three spheres of action: artistic production and its organization; the distribution and valuation of culture; and the consumption and reception of culture. The data requirements and the availability of adequate data vary substantively, depending on artistic branches (music, performing arts, etc.) and specific research questions. In order to make the empirical investigation of culture a flourishing field, we recommend the following improvements of the data infrastructure: firstly, comprehensive surveys of artists on the one hand and cultural consumption on the other hand should be carried out with the support of public funding; secondly, a national cultural statistic should be established, illuminating the size, impact and evolution of the cultural sector in comparative perspective; thirdly, the public availability of organization-level data as well as communal surveys on cultural production and consumption issues should be improved; fourthly, the transparency of existing data sources and their accessibility should be improved by archiving them centrally, e.g. at the ZA.
    Keywords: culture, arts, artists, production, distribution, consumption, reception, cultural sector, cultural industries.
    Date: 2009
  2. By: Heiner Meulemann; Jörg Hagenah
    Abstract: Mass media are defind as media which have their proper program and constitute their own audience. Mass media research, accordingly, deals with the production of programs and the consumption of the audience. For both perspectives, research topics are justified, data sources are introduced, and recommendation for the research infrastructure are given. As for media production, the establishment of a central media content archive is recommended where content analytic time series of public agencies as well as of individual researchers are collected. Furthermore, the development of a unified content analytical system and the promotion of cross-national comparisons are recommended. As for media consumption, the provision of privately funded data for the scientific community, the promotion of cross-national comparisons and the linkage of programs and audience data are recommended.
    Keywords: mass media, data archive, content analysis, survey research
    Date: 2009
  3. By: Indu Rao
    Abstract: This paper presents findings from an extensive review of literature on organizational cultural (OC) and highlights the relevance of OC with respect to individual, organizational, intra-organizational, industry and external environment related variables. This paper presents a behavioral perspective on OC and contributes to its emerging dynamic aspect. A behavioral model of OC is suggested and propositions are drawn to explain the dynamics involved.
    Keywords: anthropology, sociology, organizational culture, OC, intr-organizational, industry, external environment, variables, behavioral model, model, organization, literature,
    Date: 2009
  4. By: Indrila Guha
    Abstract: The recreational demand for the Indian Sundarban, which is a World Heritage site and a complex mangrove ecosystem that borders India and Bangladesh is estimated. Two alternative methodologies exist for estimating the value of a recreational site. The Contingent Valuation Method (CVM), as a ‘stated preference’ valuation technique, circumvents the absence of markets for environmental goods. this method does not record visitors’ actual behaviour, literature on such techniques indicates that when there is a market for the service to be valued, CVM should be avoided. That is why the Travel Cost Method (TCM) is chosen. The study relied on a primary survey of a sample of visitors to the Indian Sundarban from November 2005 to March 2006. [SANDEE].
    Keywords: world heritage, heritage, Indian Sundarban, mangrove ecosystem, ecosystem, India, Bangladesh, Contingent Valuation Method (CVM), Travel Cost Method (TCM), travel, sundarban, primary survey, market
    Date: 2009
  5. By: Charlie Beckett
    Abstract: A new form of networked journalism based on new media is changing the core of news production and consumption, challenging the business models of the past and the efforts of traditional journalism organizations to control the news. News values are changing even in the BBC and other mainstream news outlets. Although the meaning of news itself is changing, the author argues that even more significant is that we are gaining a whole new means of producing and consuming news. This has implications for empowering citizens, though the outcomes are by no means certain. Policy choices will shape the consequences of current shifts in news but the changes are global and there is increasing evidence of the major potential for change as news production becomes much more like a service - a service co-produced by citizens and journalists.
    Date: 2009–07
  6. By: Charlie Beckett
    Abstract: This paper illustrates how innovations leading to networked media have the potential to support the work of non-governmental organisations engaged in development work through providing new means of achieving accountability and transparency. The trend towards new forms of participatory media does not necessarily lead to better engagement with local media, civil society or citizens in developing countries. As the analysis in this paper, suggests there is some resistance in the development community towards a deeper involvement in networked forms of journalism.
    Date: 2009–07
  7. By: William Stichter
    Abstract: There are various historical water conservation structures and water-mills in the Rispana valley near Rajpur. There are some of the more important structures and discusses the possibility of preserving the structures. The viability of this preservation can be increased by making the valley a tourist destination where visitors can walk along a circuit that takes in the more prominent structures. Some alternative circuits are also described
    Keywords: history, histories, Rispana valley, Rajpur, structures, tourist, tourist destinations, water-mills, historical, historical water conservation structures, water conservation structures, historical area, Dehradun, village, restoration
    Date: 2009

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