nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2015‒09‒18
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale “Amedeo Avogadro”

  1. Heritage Designation and House Prices By D. Barentsen; P. Koppels; H. Remøy
  2. Virtual proximity and audiovisual services trade By Schmitz, Martin; Hellmanzik, Christiane
  3. Cinema chains in Russia By Sheresheva Marina; Alexander Luzhin; Julia Trifonova
  4. Artistic interventions in organizations: Data reports from multi-stakeholder surveys in Spain 2011-2014 By Antal, Ariane Berthoin; Nussbaum Bitran, Ilana

  1. By: D. Barentsen; P. Koppels; H. Remøy
    Abstract: Built cultural heritage is generally believed to be an important urban amenity that influences the attractiveness of cities as place of residence and business location. However, while the provision and maintenance of cultural heritage is costly and relatively easily estimated, the benefits arising from cultural heritage are much harder to quantify. Consequently, historic buildings have been demolished because the costs of adopting them for new use were estimated to outweigh the possible price premium related to the historic nature of the building. Quantification of the benefits of cultural heritage might provide an additional incentive and justification for public and private parties to preserve and maintain the stock of built cultural heritage. In this paper, the value effect of cultural heritage is analysed in two ways: the price effect of listed status on the market value of dwellings is investigated; and possible externalities – spillover effects – of listed buildings on nearby property values are explored. For this purpose several specifications of hedonic price equations are estimated to determine whether a listed building status yields a price premium and if proximity to listed buildings is capitalised in property values.
    Keywords: Adaptive Reuse; Hedonic Pricing; Heritage; Housing
    JEL: R3
    Date: 2015–07–01
  2. By: Schmitz, Martin; Hellmanzik, Christiane
    Abstract: Audiovisual services such as music and movies in digital formats have gained substantial importance over the last decade. This paper analyses audiovisual services in a gravity model framework. In particular, we explore the role of virtual proximity - a new proxy for cultural proximity based on bilateral hyperlinks and bilateral website visits between countries - and find that ‘virtually-proximate’ countries trade significantly larger amounts of audiovisual services. Our results show that virtual proximity also has a larger impact on trade in audiovisual services than on total services trade. Moreover, in line with Hanson and Xiang (2011), our analysis indicates that in the audiovisual services sector, global fixed export costs dominate bilateral fixed export costs for most countries in our sample. JEL Classification: F12, F15, Z10
    Keywords: audiovisual services, cultural proximity, hyperlinks, International trade, internet
    Date: 2015–07
  3. By: Sheresheva Marina (Department of Economics, Lomonosov Moscow State University); Alexander Luzhin (Univers-Consulting LLC, Russia); Julia Trifonova (Univers-Consulting LLC, Russia)
    Abstract: The purpose of the paper is to discuss problems and prospects of tourism clusters development in Russia. The Russian tourism market has huge potential, due to its history, culture, extremely diverse landscapes, rivers, lakes, mountains, flora and fauna, “hidden gems” of small towns with their ancient churches, original local museums and unique sights. In the last decade Russia has witnessed rapid quantitative growth as well as significant changes in strategic development of the tourism industry. Russian Government initiated a number of Federal target programs important for tourism and hotel industry development. In particular, tourism clusters are now in the focus of interest. In 2008, the Russian Government adopted the Concept of cluster policy in the Russian Federation, laying the cluster approach in the basis of the strategy of socio-economic development and considering it as a tool to raise competitiveness of industries and territories. However, the formation of clusters in Russia faces a number of problems due to the peculiarities of the Russian institutional environment. The main challenges facing tourism clusters development in Russia are described. The importance of development joint marketing strategy is underlined. The case of "Big Volga" tourism cluster in the Nizhny Novgorod region is presented.
    Keywords: Cinema, Chains, Experience, Networking, Russia.
    JEL: L82 Z10 L80 N74 M21
    Date: 2015–08
  4. By: Antal, Ariane Berthoin; Nussbaum Bitran, Ilana
    Abstract: In this discussion paper we present the findings from our surveys of artists, employees and project owners who participated in 84 artistic interventions in organizations in Spain between 2011 and 2014. We provide an extensive introduction to the research questions, methods and findings in English, followed by 9 data reports in Spanish. The reports address the characteristics of the participating organizations, the objectives of the artistic interventions, the effects of the artistic interventions, recommendations for other organizations, and the role of the intermediary. The last report offers a comparative perspective between cases in a region in Spain and a region in Germany as a first step towards considering the effect of national culture. The report also contains a methodological note about our experience com-bining Web-based surveys with interviews, as well as links to the survey instruments we designed so that future studies can draw on them.
    Abstract: In diesem Discussion Paper fassen wir Ergebnisse aus unseren Umfragen zu künstlerischen Interventionen zusammen, die wir zwischen 2011 und 2014 mit Künstlern, Arbeitnehmern und Projektleitern/Managern in spanischen Organisationen erhoben haben. Nach einer ausführlichen englischsprachigen Einleitung in die wissenschaftliche Fragestellung, Methoden und Ergebnisse, folgen neun Datenreports in Spanisch, die jeweils unterschiedliche Aspekte beleuchten. Wir gehen näher ein auf die Profile der teilnehmenden Organisationen, die Ziele künstlerischer Interventionen und ihre Auswirkungen, die Rolle von Intermediären und geben Empfehlungen für Organisationen, die künstlerische Interventionen durchführen wollen. Im letzten Report wird zudem der kulturelle Einfluss auf die Umfrageergebnisse, im Vergleich von zwei Fällen in Spanien und Deutschland, thematisiert. Im Anhang werden Methodik und die Erfahrungen, die wir mit Online-Erhebungen kombiniert mit qualitativen Interviews gemacht haben, beschrieben; dieser Teil ist verlinkt mit unseren Erhebungsinstrumenten, damit Leserinnen und Leser sie nutzen können.
    Date: 2015

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