nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2014‒10‒13
five papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”

  1. Art as an Investment under High Inflation: an Empirical Study on Turkish Paintings By Aylin Seckin
  2. No News, Big News. The political consequences of entertainment TV By Ruben Durante; Paolo Pinotti; Andrea Tesei
  3. Efficient Supply of Cultural Landscape in a CGE Framework By Kenneth Løvold RØDSETH
  4. The Effects of Natural and Cultural Degradations in Trabzon Karadag High Plateau-Tourism Center, Turkey, on Eco-tourism Activities and Some Solution Proposals By Emrah Yalcinalp; Mustafa Var

  1. By: Aylin Seckin
  2. By: Ruben Durante; Paolo Pinotti; Andrea Tesei
    Abstract: We investigate the electoral effects of early exposure to Silvio BerlusconiÕs commercial television network, Mediaset, exploiting its staggered expansion across Italian munic- ipalities during the 1980s. We find that municipalities with access to Mediaset prior to 1985 exhibited greater support for BerlusconiÕs party in 1994, when he first ran for office, and in the four following elections. This effect cannot be attributed to pro- Berlusconi news bias since no news programs were broadcast on Mediaset until 1991, when access to the network was already ubiquitous. We discuss alternative channels through which exposure to non-news content may have influenced Mediaset viewersÕ political attitudes.
    Date: 2014–05
  3. By: Kenneth Løvold RØDSETH
  4. By: Emrah Yalcinalp; Mustafa Var
  5. By: Vincenzo Scoppa; Manuela Stranges (Dipartimento di Economia, Statistica e Finanza, Università della Calabria)
    Abstract: We investigate the role of culture in explaining economic outcomes at individual level analyzing how cultural values from the home country affect the decision to work of immigrants in Italy, using the National Survey of Households with Immigrants. Following the “epidemiological approach”, we relate the probability of being employed in Italy for immigrant women with the female labor force participation (LFP) in their country of origin, taken as a proxy of cultural heritage and gender role model. Controlling for a number of individual and household characteristics, we show that participation in the labor market is affected both by the culture of females’ and by their husband’s origin countries. We also show that the relationship between own decisions in the host country and home country LFP cannot be attributed to human capital quality or discrimination and it turns out to be stronger for immigrants that maintained more intense ties with their origin countries. Finally, we investigate to what extent cultural influence is driven by religious beliefs: we find that religion is a key determinant of differences in female labor decisions, but, besides religion, other cultural values exert additional influence..
    Keywords: Culture, Immigration, Labor Force Participation, Epidemiological Approach, Gender, Italy
    JEL: Z10 Z13 J10 J15 J16 J20
    Date: 2014–10

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