nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2016‒11‒06
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Organizational learning in the context of performing arts By Lisa Balzarin; Monica Calcagno; Francesco Casarin
  2. Does Reality TV Induce Real Effects? On the Questionable Association Between 16 and Pregnant and Teenage Childbearing By Jaeger, David A.; Joyce, Theodore J.; Kaestner, Robert
  3. Art experiences and eWOM: Exploring the content of museum reviews By Francesco Zanibellato; Umberto Rosin; Francesco Casarin
  4. Do Sports Crowd Out Books? The Impact of Intercollegiate Athletic Participation on Grades By Michael Insler; Jimmy Karam

  1. By: Lisa Balzarin (Dept. of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venice); Monica Calcagno (Dept. of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venice); Francesco Casarin (Dept. of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venice)
    Abstract: Organizational learning is the focus of the present research, with an empirical investigation on the dynamics of knowledge acquisition adopted by two cultural organizations operating in the field of performing arts. In particular, data reveals how the artistic metaphor assumes the role of a context from which acquiring useful data and concepts for the managerial development of the cultural enterprise. Also the use of interviews to professionals working in other enteprises, as a planned way to access data, produced useful information.
    Keywords: organizational learning, knowledge acquisition, cultural enterprises, knowledge management, art management.
    JEL: D83 L26 L82
    Date: 2016–10
  2. By: Jaeger, David A. (CUNY Graduate Center); Joyce, Theodore J. (Baruch College, City University of New York); Kaestner, Robert (University of California, Riverside)
    Abstract: We reassess recent and widely reported evidence that the MTV program 16 and Pregnant played a major role in reducing teen birth rates in the U.S. since it began broadcasting in 2009 (Kearney and Levine, American Economic Review 2015). We find Kearney and Levine's identification strategy to be problematic. Through a series of placebo and other tests, we show that the exclusion restriction of their instrumental variables approach is not valid and find that the assumption of common trends in birth rates between low and high MTV-watching areas is not met. We also reassess Kearney and Levine's evidence from social media and show that it is fragile and highly sensitive to the choice of included periods and to the use of weights. We conclude that Kearney and Levine's results are uninformative about the effect of 16 and Pregnant on teen birth rates.
    Keywords: teen childbearing, media, social media, internet
    JEL: J13 L82
    Date: 2016–10
  3. By: Francesco Zanibellato (Dept. of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venice); Umberto Rosin (Dept. of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venice); Francesco Casarin (Dept. of Management, Università Ca' Foscari Venice)
    Abstract: The focus of the present research is on eWOM of museum experiences. Our study empirically examined which attributes of a museum experience trigger customersÕ creation of positive and negative eWOM. After having analyzed the reviews of the top 10 TripAdvisor most reviewed museums, we have assigned the experience attributes to an adaptation of the categories of the Kano Model (One-Dimensional, Delighters, Must-BeÕs and Indifferent). Results indicate what are the services of a museum that impact positive and negative reviews.
    Keywords: eWOM, museum experiences, TripAdvisor museum, museum marketing, content analysis.
    JEL: M31
    Date: 2016–10
  4. By: Michael Insler (United States Naval Academy); Jimmy Karam (United States Naval Academy)
    Abstract: We investigate the infl uence of intercollegiate athletic participation on grades using data from the U.S. Naval Academy. Athletic participation is an endogenous decision with respect to educational outcomes. To identify a causal effect, we develop an instrument via the Academy's random assignment of students into peer groups. Instrumental variables estimates reveal that sports participation reduces athletes' grades, on average, by nearly one-quarter of a letter grade. This finding has implications beyond college, as we also show that grades--not athletic participation--are most strongly associated with post-collegiate outcomes such as military tenure and promotion rates.
    Date: 2016–04

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