nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2018‒07‒23
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Sociocultural Modeling of New Communities in the Theater of the XX-XXI Centuries By Zolotukhin, Valeriy; Liderman, Yulia; Sklez, Varvara
  2. The importance of consumer multi-homing (joint purchases) for market performance: mergers and entry in media markets By Anderson, Simon P; Foros, Øystein; Kind, Hans Jarle
  3. Coming apart? Cultural distances in the United States over time By Bertrand, Marianne; Kamenica, Emir
  4. Secular and Religious Culture in Russia in the Xix - Early Xx Centuries: The Conflict of Values on the Eve of the Era of Revolutions By Agadzhanyan, Alexander; Razdyakonov, Vladislav; Bolkunova, Svetlana

  1. By: Zolotukhin, Valeriy (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)); Liderman, Yulia (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)); Sklez, Varvara (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA))
    Abstract: The object of the study are experimental non-dramatic theatrical forms. In the history of theatrical art, theatrical amateur performance, the art of performance, we are interested in such artistic forms in which the dramatic structure of the underlying text is in dispute, and the artistic community is working to identify and master new forms of community. Non-dramatic forms of the theater are examined in the study by means of the sociology of art and cultural anthropology. Archival unpublished and published materials are involved in the work.
    Date: 2018–06
  2. By: Anderson, Simon P; Foros, Øystein; Kind, Hans Jarle
    Abstract: Consumer "multi-homing" (watching two TV channels, or buying two news magazines) has surprisingly important effects on market equilibrium and performance in (two-sided) media markets. We show this by introducing consumer multi-homing and advertising-finance into the classic circle model of product differentiation. When consumers multi-home (attend more than one platform), media platforms can charge only incremental-value prices to advertisers. Entry or merger leaves consumer prices unchanged under consumer multi-homing, but leaves advertiser prices unchanged under single-homing: multi-homing flips the side of the market on which platforms compete. In contrast to standard circle results, equilibrium product variety can be insufficient under multi-homing.
    Keywords: circle model; equilibrium product variety; media platforms; multi-homing; two-sided markets; media platforms; incremental-value prices; merger; single-homing
    Date: 2018–06
  3. By: Bertrand, Marianne; Kamenica, Emir
    Abstract: We analyze temporal trends in cultural distance between groups in the US defind by income, education, gender, race, and political ideology. We measure cultural distance between two groups as the ability to infer an individual's group based on his or her (i) media consumption, (ii) consumer behavior, (iii) time use, or (iv) social attitudes. Gender difference in time use decreased between 1965 and 1995 and has remained constant since. Differences in social attitudes by political ideology and income have increased over the last four decades. Whites and non-whites have converged somewhat on attitudes but have diverged in consumer behavior. For all other demographic divisions and cultural dimensions, cultural distance has been broadly constant over time.
    Date: 2018–06
  4. By: Agadzhanyan, Alexander (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)); Razdyakonov, Vladislav (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA)); Bolkunova, Svetlana (Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA))
    Abstract: The present study, which relates the connection between the discourse "science and religion" and projects on socio-political change, also contributes to modern scientific discussions about the causes of the Russian Revolution of 1917. One aspect of the current debate is the social dimension of revolutionary activity in the context of disputes about the nature of secularization as a concept and phenomenon of European culture. An analysis of the spectrum of interpretations of the relationship between "science" and "religion" makes it possible to raise the question of the meaning of the discourse "science and religion" as an ideological factor of the secularization of the intellectual culture of the Russian Empire.
    Date: 2018–06

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