nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2016‒06‒25
one paper chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. The consumption of cultural goods through the internet. How is it affected by the digital divide? By Victoria Ateca-Amestoy; Concetta Castiglione

  1. By: Victoria Ateca-Amestoy (Department of Fundamentos del Análisis Económico II. University of the Basque Country. Avda. Lehendakari Aguire, 83. 48015, Bilbao (Spain)); Concetta Castiglione (Department of Statistical Sciences, University of Bologna, Via delle Belle Arti, 41 - 40126 Bologna (Italy))
    Abstract: Cultural engagement through the internet is becoming a more popular way of cultural participation, as computers and mobile devices are the outlet for more cultural experiences. On the one hand, this may help to access a wider variety of cultural contents in the form of digital goods. On the other hand, the digital divide could further exacerbate the stratification of cultural consumption. Using data from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts for the United States, we explain the determinants of cultural participation through digital engagement for highbrow and lowbrow cultural activities, explicitly accounting for the selection in the sample of internet users. Our results suggest different determinants of these two categories, especially for the role played by age and education.
    Keywords: Cultural participation, digital engagement, interne cultural consumption, selection, Heckman selection probit model
    JEL: Z10
    Date: 2016–05

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