nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2019‒11‒11
three papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Media Repertoires of Japanese Old Users in the Digital Media Environment By Takemura, Tomoko
  2. The Digital Cable TV Pricing Mechanism and the Consumer Preferences: the Survey in Taiwan By Tseng, Kuo-Feng
  3. Does Social Media Promote Democracy? Some Empirical Evidence By Chandan K. Jha; Oasis Kodila-Tedika

  1. By: Takemura, Tomoko
    Abstract: The purpose of this study is to explore media repertoires emerging from Japanese old media users and factors which can explain the use of different media repertoires to understand a new digital divide called "gray divide," the inequality in the access to and use of ICT within senior citizen sector. Data of this study was based on the Public Opinion survey "The Japanese and Television 2015" conducted by NHK Broadcasting Culture Research Institute. Gender, education, and age were the most powerful predictors of media use repertoires. This finding advances our understanding of the relationship between media use repertoires and influential factors.
    Date: 2019
  2. By: Tseng, Kuo-Feng
    Abstract: As the cable system accomplishing 100% digitalization in Taiwan, NCC (National Communications Commission) proposes an unbundled pricing mechanism to allow consumers to choose the cable television channels that they actually watch. This study conducted an online survey and 1358 effective questionnaires were completed to know their willing to pay for each channel. The results show that there is a negative slop of demand, lower price for more subscribers, but near three quarters to half of subscribers did not want to pay for the individual channel. The genres of lifestyle, foreign news and movies are the top preferences that consumers pay higher prices. Based on the results of the subscribers' willing to pay, most of the television channels could not survive in the a la carte pricing mechanism.
    Date: 2019
  3. By: Chandan K. Jha (New York, USA); Oasis Kodila-Tedika (Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo)
    Abstract: This study explores the relationship between social media and democracy in a cross- section of over 125 countries around the world. We find the evidence of a strong, positive correlation between Facebook penetration (a proxy for social media) and democracy. We further show that the correlation between social media and democracy is stronger for low-income countries than high-income countries. Our lowest point estimates indicate that a one-standard deviation (about 18 percentage point) increase in Facebook penetration is associated with about 8-point (on a scale of 0–100) increase for the world sample and over 11 points improvement for low-income countries.
    Keywords: Democracy; Information; Facebook; Internet; Social Media
    JEL: D72 D83 O1
    Date: 2019–01

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