nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2019‒11‒25
two papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Innovations in the governance of State-owned museums and management of cultural heritage: some evidence from a survey of the Bank of Italy By Luigi Leva; Vanessa Menicucci; Giacomo Roma; Daniele Ruggeri
  2. Foreigners on holiday in Italy: tourism products, destinations and travelers� characteristics By Andrea Filippone; MAssimo Gallo; Patrizia Passiglia; Valentina Romano

  1. By: Luigi Leva (Bank of Italy); Vanessa Menicucci (Bank of Italy); Giacomo Roma (Bank of Italy); Daniele Ruggeri (Bank of Italy)
    Abstract: In the economic literature the impact of the governance and ownership of the museums on their ability to achieve their goals of preservation and enhancement of the cultural heritage is increasingly studied. The paper examines the effects of the reform of 2014 which recognized wider margins of autonomy to a group of Italian State-owned museums. It is based on a survey of the Bank of Italy regarding the initiatives aimed at improving the offer of services in the museums granted with autonomy and in other museums with similar characteristics. Four areas of museum services are covered: the conservation of artistic heritage, the accessibility of the museum’s premises, visitor orientation, and relations with stakeholders. Econometric estimates that after the reform services offered by autonomous museums expanded more markedly in all the areas, and notably in those more related to the user satisfaction (accessibility and visitor orientation), with better performance also with respect to the increase in the number of visitors.
    Keywords: cultural economics, governance, autonomous museums
    JEL: H11 L33 K23
    Date: 2019–11
  2. By: Andrea Filippone (Bank of Italy); MAssimo Gallo (Bank of Italy); Patrizia Passiglia (Bank of Italy); Valentina Romano (Bank of Italy)
    Abstract: The work analyses the recent trends in trips by foreigners on holiday in Italy, distinguishing among different types of holidays offered and the related destinations, classified according to the degree of urbanization and the endowment of cultural heritage. It also studies the characteristics of the travellers who are associated with them. Since 2010, the trend in international arrivals for leisure tourism in Italy has been similar to the global trend thanks to the sustained growth of cultural tourism, which now represents half of all overnight stays by foreigners on holiday in Italy. The artistic and cultural heritage of the country exerts a great power of attraction and enriches Italy�s other relevant tourist products, such as rural and seaside vacations. Since the great cities of art are the main attraction, especially for those who visit Italy for the first time, it follows that there is an increase in the concentration of tourists in the main national urban areas. Tourists who decide to come back to Italy tend to visit smaller towns more frequently.
    Keywords: holiday trips, cultural tourism
    JEL: L83 Z31
    Date: 2019–07

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