nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2011‒07‒21
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
University Amedeo Avogadro

  1. HERITAGE TOURISM WEBSITE EVALUATION FRAMEWORK By Zahra Pourabedin; Sahimeh Hosseini; Amin Nourizadeh
  2. Survival in the Cultural Market: The Case of Temporary Exhibitions By A. E. Scorcu; R. Zanola
  3. Heterogeneity in the Cultural Expenditures of Municipalities. Evidence from Italian Data (1998-2006) By Domenico Depalo; Silvia Fedeli

  1. By: Zahra Pourabedin; Sahimeh Hosseini; Amin Nourizadeh (University Technology Malaysia)
    Abstract: Nowadays, information technology has strong effect on tourism industry hence; heritage tourism which is one of the developing areas is not apart of it. Website evaluation study is one of the interesting areas among all researches have been done on internet usage in tourism industry. Considering the popularity of heritage attractions among tourists, developing a criteria for heritage tourism websites is vital. Due to in-depth interviews and review of related literatures, this study tries to propose a website evaluation framework for heritage tourism websites. The four criteria concluded are, Information content, marketing and value added activities, Information design and relationships
    Keywords: website design, destination marketing, heritage tourism
    JEL: M00
    Date: 2011–06
  2. By: A. E. Scorcu (University of Bologna, Department of Economics, Bologna, Italy; Rimini Center for Economic Analysis, Rimini, Italy); R. Zanola (University of Eastern Piedmont, Department of Public Policy and Public Choice, Alessandria, Italy; Rimini Center for Economic Analysis, Rimini, Italy)
    Abstract: The aim of this paper is to identify empirically the factors that influence the duration of the temporary exhibitions, distinguishing between prolonged and non prolonged ones. We use a sample of 259 exhibitions that took place in Italy over the period 2002-2005. The empirical evidence allows for the identification of some structural characteristics of this market and the existence of observable differences between prolonged and non prolonged shows.
    Keywords: survival models; temporary exhibitions; art market; Italy
    JEL: C6 D2 Z1
    Date: 2011–07
  3. By: Domenico Depalo; Silvia Fedeli
    Abstract: On the basis of a unique dataset referring to all 8,100 Italian municipalities and providing details of their balance-sheets, local governments’ features, socio-demographic and economic indicators, we analyze the determinants of the local cultural expenditures. We exploit the panel nature of the data to explain observable and unobservable heterogeneity. Other than the traditional determinants, we find that per capita cultural expenditures increase with the population size, but decrease with the share of men over total population; immigrants increase local cultural spending only in the long run. The number of years in power of the municipal council also plays a role.
    Keywords: Local public expenditure, cultural expenditure, immigrants, local government choice, Mundlak correction.
    JEL: H72 Z10 C23
    Date: 2011–02
  4. By: Prof. Dr. Ted Tsai (Professor of National Taiwan Normal University, Graduate Institute of International Human Resource Development, Taipei, Taiwan); Nadine Lawrence (Graduate Institute of International Human Resource Development, Taipei, Taiwan)
    Abstract: Cultural intelligence CQ is a new construct that was first introduced to examine the differences in how effective persons were in communicating across different cultures. Accordingly, having a high level of cultural intelligence means that individuals will be better able to extract and logically interpret information gathered from cross cultural interactions, and become more flexible in adjusting to different settings. Cultural Intelligence is unique because it focuses on the skills that are needed for success in coping in an unfamiliar culture. Therefore, knowledge of one’s cultural intelligence levels aims to provide insights into one’s capability to cope with multicultural situations. Thus, the main purposes of this study were firstly, to examine the cultural intelligence levels of International students in Taiwan with a view towards looking at its correlation with their cross-cultural adaptation levels. The research method used for data collection was a quantitative research survey using the 20 item Cultural Intelligence Scale and a nine (9) item cross-cultural adaptation scale. The sample comprised of 384 persons (n=384, Male=188, Female= 196). The results of this study show that cultural intelligence levels can impact cross cultural adaptation. Cultural Intelligence is a relatively new construct, therefore, a study of this nature will add significantly to the limited pool of studies on cultural intelligence. It can also assist the various institutions in Taiwan in making the transition and life of foreigners smoother. It can also help future visitors in preparation for adjusting and adapting to life in Taiwan
    Keywords: Cross-cultural Adaptation, Cultural Intelligence, Demographic Data (age, geographical region, nationality, program of study) International Students
    JEL: M00
    Date: 2011–06

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