nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2019‒02‒04
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. ‘Quality food’ for cultural policies. Quality attributes in the non-market stated-preference based valuation of cultural goods By Aleksandra Wiśniewska
  2. Spatial spillovers of the cultural employment growth in Brazilian municipalities By de Santana Ribeiro, Luiz Carlos; Carneiro Rios Lopes, Thiago Henrique; Borges Ferreira Neto, Amir; Rodrigues dos Santos, Fernanda
  3. Recenti iniziative europee ed italiane per la valorizzazione del patrimonio culturale By Aurelio Bruzzo
  4. Tweet Sixteen and Pregnant: Missing Links in the Causal Chain from Reality TV to Fertility By David A. Jaeger; Theodore J. Joyce; Robert Kaestner

  1. By: Aleksandra Wiśniewska (Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Warsaw)
    Abstract: Evidence-based policies require well-established research and reliable data. One of the major difficulties in delivering ‘good quality food’ for cultural policies lies in measuring culture. Stated preference based non-market valuation is one of the privileged tools to reveal the benefits cultural goods deliver to the society for cost-benefit analysis. The prevalent problem in this kind of research are poorly defined, ambiguous goods. The challenge lies in describing their quality attributes. The article’s goal is to review the hitherto uses of quality measurements of arts and culture in stated preference based non-market valuation research, mostly dedicated to performing arts and cultural heritage.
    Keywords: quality measurement, stated preferences, non-market valuation, performing arts, cultural heritage, cultural policy
    JEL: Z1 Z11 Z18 D61
    Date: 2019
  2. By: de Santana Ribeiro, Luiz Carlos; Carneiro Rios Lopes, Thiago Henrique; Borges Ferreira Neto, Amir; Rodrigues dos Santos, Fernanda
    Abstract: The Brazilian cultural sector is rarely explored in the literature, especially considering all municipalities at the same time in an economic and spatial perspective. This paper aims to measure the level of specialization, urbanization and diversification externalities on the cultural employment growth rate in Brazilian municipalities between 2006 and 2016. To do so, spatial econometric models are used. The main results indicate there are no spatial associations regarding cultural employment growth in Brazil. The lack of complementarity of this sector, associate with the lack of incentives for its development, particularly in small municipalities, helps to explain our results.
    Keywords: cultural activities; Brazilian municipalities; spatial econometrics; specialization externalities
    JEL: R12 Z10
    Date: 2019–01–15
  3. By: Aurelio Bruzzo
    Abstract: Nel presente studio si illustrano – in occasione della fine dell’anno dedicato dalla Commissione europea al Patrimonio culturale – le più significative iniziative condotte sia da parte dell’Unione europea che da parte italiana a favore dei beni culturali. Ovviamente, dopo aver debitamente accennato al quadro giuridico-istituzionale e alla sua evoluzione nel tempo, si evidenziano i principali aspetti di carattere strutturale che si riflettono sulle attività recentemente realizzate in tale ambito soprattutto in Italia, Paese a cui viene riconosciuta una indiscussa leadership quantomeno a livello europeo.
    Date: 2018–12–30
  4. By: David A. Jaeger; Theodore J. Joyce; Robert Kaestner
    Abstract: We examine the relationship between social media activity, such as Google searches and tweets, related to teen pregnancy and the airing of the MTV program 16 and Pregnant. In contrast to Kearney and Levine's (2015) claim of a positive relationship, we find that the association is statistically insignificant or negative, when the analysis includes periods when new episodes of the program were not being broadcast. The results are also sensitive to using the total number of tweets, which were growing exponentially, as weights. Our results cast substantial doubt on social media as a link in the causal chain between reality television and fertility.
    JEL: C81 J13 L82
    Date: 2019–01

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