nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2012‒11‒11
two papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
University Amedeo Avogadro

  1. Cultural participation and tourism flows: An empirical investigation of Italian provinces By Borowiecki, Karol Jan; Castiglione, Concetta
  2. Rhetoric and practice of cultural districts as a model of governance: Empirical evidence from the Veneto region By Monica Calcagno; Maria Lusiani; Fabrizio Panozzo

  1. By: Borowiecki, Karol Jan (Department of Business and Economics); Castiglione, Concetta (Department of Economics)
    Abstract: The importance of cultural events for attracting tourism has been often posited in research, however rarely tested in relation to non-cultural activities. This paper investigates the association between participation in entertainment activities and tourism flows in Italian provinces, and find that admission to theatre-type activities increases as the number of domestic tourists goes up, whereas admission to museums or concerts rises with an increase in foreign tourists. Admissions to exhibitions and shows expose a positive association with both domestic and international tourists, while non-cultural activities remain statistically insignificant. The results provide empirical support for the existence of a strong relationship between tourism flows and cultural participation. The findings also imply that the demand for entertainment varies depending on the origin of the tourist.
    Keywords: Cultural tourists; cultural participation; tourism flows; Italian provinces
    JEL: L83 Z11
    Date: 2012–10–29
  2. By: Monica Calcagno (Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia); Maria Lusiani (HEC Montreal); Fabrizio Panozzo (Department of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia)
    Abstract: Culture is a key word in the story of Italy. The richness of its cultural past together with the present and future potential of its creativity has given culture a central role in the agenda of public policies. As a new element in this pattern, most recently the word ÒcultureÓ has been increasingly and explicitly combined with the word competitiveness. The relationship between the two words is mediated by the creative process and seems to evoke a new model of economic development based on the attempt to govern the economy through a careful use of culture as a key dimension. This connection looks at the territory as the context where cultural processes can be encouraged, and used to transform the economy. The declination of culture as an economic issue produced two main streams of research: a first one focusing on the creative cities and a second one more devoted to the question of cultural clusters. The paper is centred on the second one, and offers a critical review of the literature on cultural cluster and on culture as a key dimension of economic development. The theoretical debate is further discussed through an empirical investigation based on an in depth analysis of a number of entrepreneurial experiences taking place in a limited area of the Veneto region. The final discussion identifies critical key points emerging from the comparison between the rhetoric of the debate and the practice of the experiences.
    Keywords: cultural clusters, policy, governance, culture, creativity, culture-led development
    JEL: L26
    Date: 2012–11

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