nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2012‒05‒22
two papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
University Amedeo Avogadro

  1. Visitors of two types of museums: do expenditure patterns differ? By Brida, Juan Gabriel; Disegna, Marta; Scuderi, Raffaele
  2. Croyances culturelles éducation et croissance By Jellal, Mohamed; Bouzahzah, Mohamed

  1. By: Brida, Juan Gabriel; Disegna, Marta; Scuderi, Raffaele
    Abstract: This study aims at estimating and comparing the determinants of expenditure behaviour of visitors in two types of museums. An ad-hoc survey was conducted between June and September 2011 among the visitors of the principal museums of the two provinces of Bolzano and Trento: the South Tyrol Museum of Archeology (Bolzano), hosting the permanent exhibition of the “Iceman” Ötzi, and the Museum of Modern and Contemporaneous Art of Trento and Rovereto (MART). The double-hurdle procedure of Heien and Wessels (1999) is used in order to obtain consistent estimates and split the process of spending decision into the stages of ‘activation’ and ‘outcome’. Results highlight two distinct profiles of visitors. Spending of the modern art museum visitor was positively related to her cultural interest, whereas the expenditure profile of the archaeological museum guest was more ‘generalist’.
    Keywords: Visitors expenditure; museum; double-hurdle model; spending behaviour
    JEL: D12 C19 L83
    Date: 2012–05–15
  2. By: Jellal, Mohamed; Bouzahzah, Mohamed
    Abstract: We consider a growth model with education, externalities and a cultural norm . We show that endogenous emergence of this cultural belief may lead to increasing the stock of human capital and accelerating national growth.The mechanism of this internalization is based on the existence of endogenous social status or identity pattern that encourages to the accumulation of knowledge. This cultural norm is presented as an informal mechanism which may be an effective substitute tool to a the formal institution given by a system of income taxation.
    Keywords: Culture; Beliefs; Education; Growth
    JEL: O43 I21 D83
    Date: 2012

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