nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2010‒11‒13
five papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
University Amedeo Avogadro

  1. The Economics of Cultural Transmission and Socialization By Alberto Bisin; Thierry Verdier
  2. Heritage and wine as tourist attractions in rural areas By Privitera, D.
  3. Protected areas, tourism and development of the countryside By Zurc, Jana
  4. Hedonic Pricing Evaluation on Agritourism Activity in Italy: Local Culture-based or Facility-based? By Ohe, Y.; Ciani, A.
  5. El patrimonio cultural de las hacienda del Municipio de Aculco de Espinoza: posibilidades para un desarrollo agroturístico. By Guerrero, Marisol Orozco; Roman, Gullermo Miranda

  1. By: Alberto Bisin; Thierry Verdier
    Abstract: Cultural transmission arguably plays an important role in the determination of many fundamental preference traits (e.g., discounting, risk aversion and altruism) and most cultural traits, social norms, and ideological tenets ( e.g., attitudes towards family and fertility practices, and attitudes in the job market). It is, however, the pervasive evidence of the resilience of ethnic and religious traits across generations that motivates a large fraction of the theoretical and empirical literature on cultural transmission. This article reviews the main contributions of models of cultural transmission, from theoretical and empirical perspectives. It presents their implications regarding the long-run population dynamics of cultural traits and cultural heterogeneity, the world's geographical fragmentation by ethic and religious traits, at any given time. Finally, the paper reviews the empirical literature which estimates various properties of cultural transmission mechanisms as well as the population dynamics of specific traits.
    JEL: Z1
    Date: 2010–11
  2. By: Privitera, D.
    Abstract: In recent times, the search for a new relationship with nature, of quality and safety of foodstuffs and in particular the need for âidentityâ, of characterizing places as bearers of values and traditions have led an increasing number of people to see rural areas as places of values, resources, culture and products to discover and enjoy. Agriculture has taken on a multifunctional role and link with tourism is required to protect and exploit its âhistoricalâ resources (heritage) as a tool of interconnection between local products, countryside, traditions, cultural values but also to place emphasis of the territory and communicate it. The aim of paper is the role assumed today by firms regarding both the primary activity and other services, in particular those that express and support rural tourism. The objective is to assess the relationship between the company image, the entrepreneurial behavior built according to values, âtypicalâ signs, historical resources of the rural world and the spin-offs on the territory. The research will be carried out by making specific reference to Calabria, a representative region of the Mediterranean area. Here, case-studies will be considered in sample areas where tourism and agriculture are integrated, with specific reference to vineyards and wine-making firms, is part of specific rural development strategies and initiatives. Therefore, we intend to highlight the important role of heritage and heritage marketing in order to privilege the competitive advantage that it can have for the company. The finding suggest the utility for rural tourism development: the heritage, which is often well preserved in rural areas is a valuable resource to integrate with management providing useful help as a vehicle for economic benefits also for a territory.
    Keywords: heritage marketing, wine tourism, case study, Agribusiness, Agricultural and Food Policy, Community/Rural/Urban Development, Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety, Labor and Human Capital,
    Date: 2010–10–27
  3. By: Zurc, Jana
    Keywords: protected areas, development, tourism, Slovenia, Community/Rural/Urban Development, Q01, Q56, Q57,
    Date: 2010–08
  4. By: Ohe, Y.; Ciani, A.
    Abstract: This paper focused on how and what diversified activities influence the price level of agritourism. A hypothesis that contrasts two directions was examined: facility-based and local culture-based activities. First, from the conceptual consideration, we defined that agritourism based on local cultural resources can internalize positive externalities, which are accompanied by local cultural resources, into income, unlike facility-based activity that has no connection with local cultural resources. Second, the results of estimations from the price determinant ordered logit model clarified that owning a swimming pool was the most common and influential factor in enhancing the price level while regional diversity was observed in terms of local cultural resource-based activities such as restaurants, world heritage sites and DOC wines. These findings indicate that hardware-based evolution is more effective in the short term than evolution based on software aspects. Nevertheless, this hardware-based evolution of agritourism is implicitly based on the assumption of continuously growing demand and sufficient financial capability for the fixed investment. When growth in demand becomes stagnant, facility installation can be a heavy burden on operators. Consequently, for the sustainable development of agritourism it will be necessary to harness locality to create a balance between facility-based services and local culture-based services.
    Keywords: agritourism, local cultural heritage, hedonic pricing, Agribusiness, Agricultural and Food Policy, Community/Rural/Urban Development, Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety, Labor and Human Capital,
    Date: 2010–10–27
  5. By: Guerrero, Marisol Orozco; Roman, Gullermo Miranda
    Abstract: En México desde la década de los noventas, el turismo se ha diversificado, presentando diversas modalidades, siendo el agroturismo una de las de mayor crecimiento, ya que en la se implementan programas para recibir a los visitantes que acuden a estos lugares, los cuales están integrados por múltiples manifestaciones tangibles e intangibles que son testimonio fehaciente de las comunidades rurales. En este sentido las haciendas son espacios estrechamente ligados a la vida de los campesinos, ya que en muchos casos la existencia de ellas marcó sustancialmente la vida familiar de pueblos enteros, la forma de organizarse, las costumbres y tradiciones, la economía, entre otros aspectos. Es decir, las haciendas en México eran algo más que un conjunto de construcciones y una gran extensión de tierra: era una forma de vida. En la presente investigación se realiza el análisis del potencial del patrimonio cultural arraigado en los espacios territoriales relacionados con las haciendas del municipio de Aculco de Espinoza para desarrollar actividades de agroturismo.
    Keywords: Aculco de Espinoza, hacienda, agroturismo, patrimonio cultural tangible, patrimonio cultural intangible., Agribusiness, Agricultural and Food Policy, Community/Rural/Urban Development, Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety, Labor and Human Capital,
    Date: 2010–10–27

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