nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2017‒05‒28
two papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Mass media and attitudes to inequality By Debora Di Gioacchino; Alina Verashchagina
  2. Local Authorities’ contribution on Gastronomy Tourism Development: the case of Ontario, Canada By Karagiannis, Dimitris; Metaxas, Theodore

  1. By: Debora Di Gioacchino; Alina Verashchagina
    Abstract: We aim to investigate which is the potential of various mass media to influence individuals’ attitude to inequality. A theoretical model is proposed to formalize how preferences towards redistribution are formed. It is then tested empirically by using the data from the European Social Survey offering information on the time people spend watching TV and using internet. Mass media are assumed to affect the value people attach to equality, and in particular equality of opportunity, which is reflected in their attitude towards income redistribution. This process is modeled by using the ordered probit technique and the conditional mixed process estimator. Moreover, by estimating the dose-response function, we highlight that the relation between exposure to mass media and attitudes to inequality is non-linear. We also test the impact of various media market and personal characteristics and point out some cross-country differences is the way attitudes to inequality are shaped
    Keywords: mass media, attitudes to inequality
    JEL: L82 D63 D31 D72 D83
    Date: 2017–05
  2. By: Karagiannis, Dimitris; Metaxas, Theodore
    Abstract: The role of Local Government (LG) in achieving tourism development is extremely important. A characteristic example is the province of Ontario in Canada, which managed with the assistance of the Ministries of Tourism and Culture and with the cooperation of the private sector, to create an effective tourism development tool promote the region through its gastronomy - Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance (OCTA), a non-profit, industry driven organization which leads the implementation of the provincial Culinary Tourism Strategy. Specifically, the municipalities, the ministry and the enterprises assigned to OCTA to develop a comprehensive, Strategic Action Plan 2005-2015 for the Development of Gastronomy Tourism in order to make Ontario, firstly, the primary culinary tourism destination across Canada, and then worldwide. OCTA connects and coordinates successfully all food tourism stakeholders of Ontario
    Keywords: Local Government, Gastronomic tourism, Canada, Regional development
    JEL: O21 R58 Z10
    Date: 2017

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