nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2016‒02‒04
two papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Fifty years of Cultural Economics. Exploring the roots in the history of economic thought By Luis Fernando Aguado; Luis Palma; Noemi Pulido
  2. Television and voting in Catalonia By Ivan Mauricio Duran

  1. By: Luis Fernando Aguado; Luis Palma; Noemi Pulido (Faculty of Economics and Management, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana Cali)
    Abstract: The objective of this paper is to backtrack key elements from the economic thought which limited and then allowed the approach of the economy to the analysis of cultural goods and services. The contribution of this paper is double. On the one hand, we synthesize how the modeling of consume of cultural goods was embodied to economic analysis, with this aim we use a selective revision of the literature of prestigious economists on the economic thought history. On the other hand, we describe the elements which form the basis of cultural economics as a dynamic area of specialization, which be perfectly identified and with an intellectual prestige on the economy.
    Keywords: cultural goods; cultural economics; economic thought; leisure.
    JEL: Z11 B12 B13
    Date: 2016–01
  2. By: Ivan Mauricio Duran (Departament d'Economia Aplicada, Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona)
    Abstract: To what extent can be electoral results in Catalonia explained by the exposure of individuals to television? This paper sheds light on this question by looking into the effect of TV3 on two distinguished political outcomes in the 1984 Catalan Parliamentary election. The outcomes of interest are voter turnout and the vote share of Convergència i Unió (CiU), one of the strongest political forces in Catalonia who has mainly driven the channel since its creation. We resort to a natural experiment based on the geographically differentiated expansion of TV3 in Catalonia. Using a Difference-in-Differences Kernel matching method, we found that the introduction of TV3 caused an increase both in the voter turnout and the CiU vote share in the 1984 Catalan parliamentary elections.
    Keywords: Media, Elections, Voting behaviour, Natural experiment, Difference-in-Differences
    JEL: L82 D72 C99
    Date: 2016–01

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