nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2011‒04‒30
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
University Amedeo Avogadro

  1. Monument Protection and Zoning in Germany: Regulations and Public Support from an International Perspective By Wolfgang Maennig
  2. Culture and Diversity in Knowledge Creation By Marcus BERLIANT; FUJITA Masahisa
  3. How important is cultural background for the level of intergenerational mobility? By Schnitzlein, Daniel D.
  4. Education in Russia: The evolution of theory and practice By Natalia Kuznetsova; Irina Peaucelle

  1. By: Wolfgang Maennig (Chair for Economic Policy, University of Hamburg)
    Abstract: Restrictions on new constructions and modernisations occur in almost all countries and numerous regulations apply in Germany. This article outlines regulations regarding the protection of historical buildings, restoration law and preservation statutes and describes compensatory subsidies available in the form of tax benefits and/or grants. The article evaluates German regulations and public supports available for monument protection and modernisation from an international perspective.
    Keywords: Monument Protection, Zoning, Modernisation, Real Estates, Regulations, Germany, Historical Building
    JEL: L85 R31 R33 R52
    Date: 2011–04–18
  2. By: Marcus BERLIANT; FUJITA Masahisa
    Abstract: Is the paradise of effortless communication the ideal environment for knowledge creation? Or, can the development of local culture in regions raise knowledge productivity compared to a single region with a unitary culture? In other words, can a real technological increase in the cost of collaboration and the cost of public knowledge flow between regions, resulting in cultural differentiation between regions, increase welfare? In our framework, a culture is a set of ideas held exclusively by residents of a location. In general in our model, the equilibrium path generates separate cultures in different regions. When we compare this to the situation where all workers are resident in one region, R&D workers become too homogeneous and there is only one culture. As a result, equilibrium productivity in the creation of new knowledge is lower relative to the situation when there are multiple cultures and workers are more diverse.
    Date: 2011–04
  3. By: Schnitzlein, Daniel D.
    Abstract: Using results on brother correlations of different groups of second generation immigrants based on administrative data from Denmark, this note analyzes the role of cultural background in the determination of the level of intergenerational mobility. The estimated correlations indicate that cultural background is not an important factor for the level of intergenerational mobility. --
    Keywords: Intergenerational mobility,Sibling correlations
    JEL: J62
    Date: 2011
  4. By: Natalia Kuznetsova (Saint-Petersburg State University - Saint-Petersburg State University); Irina Peaucelle (PSE - Paris-Jourdan Sciences Economiques - CNRS : UMR8545 - Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) - Ecole des Ponts ParisTech - Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris - ENS Paris, EEP-PSE - Ecole d'Économie de Paris - Paris School of Economics - Ecole d'Économie de Paris)
    Abstract: This article investigates the relationships between the evolution of Russian social psychology and the transformations of the modes of education in Russia. Social psychology is a science born the last century and also a status of the social conscience of people, forged historically on the basis of proper cultural artifacts. In Russia education is mainly the process of human development and, like wherever, it is the institution of knowledge transmission. We show on the case of Russian history that the scientifically proven educational practice can contribute enriching development of social conscience after ideological and economic shocks.
    Keywords: analysis of education ; cultural economics ; Russia
    Date: 2011–04–18

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