nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2016‒01‒29
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Time spent on cultural activities at home in Spain: Differences between wage-earners and the self-employed By José Alberto Molina; Juan Carlos Campaña; Raquel Ortega
  2. Assessing the Values of Archaeological Heritage By Isabel Mendes
  3. Cultural Distance and International Trade in Services: A Disaggregate View By Philipp Harms; Daria Shuvalova
  4. Media Coverage 2014 By Anonymous

  1. By: José Alberto Molina (Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, Universidad de Zaragoza); Juan Carlos Campaña (Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, Universidad de Zaragoza); Raquel Ortega (Faculty of Economics and Business Studies, Universidad de Zaragoza)
    Abstract: We analyze differences between wage-earners and self-employees in the time spent on different cultural activities at home (reading, watching TV, and listening to the radio). To that end, we estimate a SUR model with data from the Spanish Time Use Survey for 2009-2010. Our results show that being self-employed has a negative and significant effect on the time dedicated to reading and to watching TV, older individuals spend more time reading, and being male influences the time spent watching TV and listening to the radio, in a statistically significant and positive way. Additionally, those with a higher level of education spend more time reading, while those with lower levels of education prefer to watch TV. Adults with better health spend less time on both reading and watching TV, and families with larger numbers of children up to age 5 tend to spend less time on all three of our at-home cultural activities. Finally, living in a larger city has a positive effect on the time dedicated to all three options.
    Keywords: Reading, Watching TV, Listening to radio, Wage-earners, Self-employees, Time uses, SUR model
    JEL: D12 D13 J22
    Date: 2016–01
  2. By: Isabel Mendes
    Abstract: The main aim of this paper involves contributing to the discussion around the value of archaeological heritage through the lens of an economist. The path taken to achieve this main goal included three objectives. Firstly, there is the contribution towards clarifying the concept of archaeological heritage benefits by highlighting the complexity that stems directly from its holistic characteristic. Secondly, this also contributes to assessments of archaeological heritage economic and social benefits and values by demonstrating how they may be captured by means of a single variable measured in monetary units. Furthermore, and thirdly, this then helps explain how such a monetary variable may prove of use both to cultural heritage management for sustainable preservation and conservation improvement, and to the appraisal of the total private and public benefits arising out of preservation and conservation archaeologic heritage programs. Key Words – Archaeological Heritage; Multi Values; Market and Non-Market Benefits;Valuation; Preference-Based Methods.
    JEL: Z1 D11
    Date: 2016–01
  3. By: Philipp Harms (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz); Daria Shuvalova (Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz)
    Abstract: In this paper, we estimate the effect of “cultural distance” on bilateral trade in services. Our measure of cultural distance is based on the scores developed by the social psychologist Geert Hofstede, which reflect country averages of individuals’ attitude towards power, uncertainty, individualism etc. Controlling for other standard ingredients of gravity equations, we show that an aggregate measure of cultural distance has a significantly negative effect on total bilateral services trade. However, once we take a more disaggregate view, we find that the strength and sign of this effect differs across various aspects of culture and across various types of services.
    Keywords: Trade in services, cultural distance, Hofstede scores, gravity equation
    Date: 2016–01
  4. By: Anonymous
    Keywords: Teaching/Communication/Extension/Profession,
    Date: 2014–08

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