nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2021‒04‒05
three papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Is Rotten Tomatoes killing the movie industry? A regression discontinuity approach By Marislei Nishijima; Mauro Rodrigues, Thais Luiza Donega Souza
  2. Does Writing Authors' Name In Books Affect Citation on Google Scholar? By Yaqin, Ahmad Ainul
  3. Video games and scientific research By Ho, Manh-Toan

  1. By: Marislei Nishijima; Mauro Rodrigues, Thais Luiza Donega Souza
    Abstract: We study the effect of expert reviews on consumer choice, focusing on the movie industry. Specifically, we estimate the impact of a popular movie review aggregator – Rotten Tomatoes (RT) – on box office revenue, using a sample of 1,239 movies widely-released in the U.S. between 1999 and 2019. RT’s rating system allows us to use regression discontinuity, thus avoiding problems associated with omitted unobservable characteristics of movies (such as quality and commercial appeal). We do not find evidence that RT ratings affect box office performance.
    Keywords: Expert reviews; Rotten Tomatoes; Movie industry; Films; Regression discontinuity
    JEL: D8 D9 C21 C39
    Date: 2021–03–29
  2. By: Yaqin, Ahmad Ainul
    Abstract: It often happens that a book cited by several articles or scientific works is not read by Google Scholar, so it becomes uncomfortable for the author of a book whose book is not indexed by Google Scholar, because it is not published. on line. Salvatore Marco Giampaolo (2018) experienced a problem regarding the number of citations on Google Scholar, he said that I had a problem with Google Scholar. Some of the citations to my paper just disappear. I know that numbers can be reduced if two different versions of the paper are identified as one article, but that's not what I'm talking about. Saturday I have a paper with 129 citations. The same paper on Sunday has only 35 citations. The same for the second case which went from about 40 to 3. A simple examination with several colleagues has highlighted the fact that my case is not unique. Have you ever encountered such a problem? Do you know how to fix it? Thanks in advance for help. All the best. Some examples of unreadable citations on Google Scholar can be presented in the following bibliography.
    Date: 2021–01–23
  3. By: Ho, Manh-Toan (Thanh Tay University Hanoi)
    Abstract: Video games have many potentials to be a powerful educational tool. Young generations like me need to understand this possibility. More than mere entertainment, or a mere money-making business, harnessing the possibilities of video games is an exciting prospect. Can we do it?
    Date: 2021–02–01

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