nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2011‒10‒15
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
University Amedeo Avogadro

  1. On Intergenerational Transmission of Reading Habits in Italy: Is a Good Example the Best Sermon? By A. L. Mancini; C. Monfardini; S. Pasqua
  2. Modelling attribute non-attendance in best-worst rank ordered choice data to estimate tourism benefits from Alpine pasture heritage By Scarpa, Riccardo; Notaro, Sandra; Raffaelli, Roberta; Louviere, Jordan
  3. Media Advertising and Ballot Initiatives: An Experimental Analysis By Richards, Timothy J.; Allender, William J.; Fang, Di
  4. The French Unhappiness Puzzle: the Cultural Dimension of Happiness By Claudia Senik

  1. By: A. L. Mancini; C. Monfardini; S. Pasqua
    Abstract: The intergenerational transmission of preference and attitudes has been less investigated in the literature than the intergenerational transmission of education and income. Using the Italian Time Use Survey (2002-2003) conducted by ISTAT, we analyse the intergenerational transmission of reading habits: are children more likely to allocate time to studying and reading when they observe their parents doing the same activity? The intergeneration transmission of attitudes towards studying and reading can be explained by both cultural and educational transmission from parents to children and by imitating behaviours. The latter channel is of particular interest, since it entails a direct influence parents may have on child’s preference formation through their role model, and it opens the scope for active policies aimed at promoting good parents’ behaviours. We follow two fundamental approaches to estimation: a “long run” model, consisting of OLS intergenerational type regressions for the reading habit, and “short run” household fixed effect models, where we aim at identifying the impact of the role model exerted by parents, exploiting different exposure of sibling to parents’ example within the same household. Our long run results show that children are more likely to read and study when they live with parents that are used to read. Mothers seem to be more important than fathers in this type of intergenerational transmission. Moreover, the short run analysis shows that there is an imitation effect: in the day of the survey children are more likely to read after they saw either the mother or the father reading.
    JEL: J13 J22 J24 C21
    Date: 2011–10
  2. By: Scarpa, Riccardo; Notaro, Sandra; Raffaelli, Roberta; Louviere, Jordan
    Keywords: Resource /Energy Economics and Policy,
    Date: 2011–09–02
  3. By: Richards, Timothy J.; Allender, William J.; Fang, Di
    Keywords: Marketing,
    Date: 2011
  4. By: Claudia Senik (EEP-PSE - Ecole d'Économie de Paris - Paris School of Economics - Ecole d'Économie de Paris, 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 - INRA, Université Paris-Sorbonne - Ministère de l'Education nationale, de l'Enseignement supérieur et de la Recherche)
    Abstract: This article sheds light on the important differences in self-declared happiness across countries of equivalent affluence. It hinges on the different happiness statements of natives and immigrants in a set of European countries to disentangle the influence of objective circumstances versus psychological and cultural factors. The latter turns out to be of non-negligible importance in explaining international heterogeneity in happiness. In some countries, such as France, they are mainly responsible for the country's unobserved idiosyncratic level of (un-)happiness.
    Keywords: Happiness ; Subjective Well-Being ; International Comparisons ; France ; Immigration ; European Social Survey
    Date: 2011–10

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