nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2022‒01‒03
four papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Popular Music As Cultural Heritage: Memory Of The Leningrad Rock Club In St. Petersburg By Alexandra S. Kolesnik; Aleksandr V. Rusanov
  2. Using K-Pop to Teach Indifference Curve Analysis, Behavioral Economics and Game Theory By Wayne Geerling; Kristofer Nagy; Elaine Rhee; Jadrian Wooten
  3. Slanted media does not increase police killings By Charles Crabtree; Michael Poyker
  4. Covid 19 and the media By Maxim Ananyev,; Michael Poyker; Yuan Tian

  1. By: Alexandra S. Kolesnik (National Research University Higher School of Economics); Aleksandr V. Rusanov (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
    Abstract: Within heritage studies, popular music is considered not only as a significant part of cultural history of certain regions and countries, but also as urban and national cultural heritage (primarily in the UK and US). In Russia, a diverse popular musical past has only recently begun to be represented as cultural heritage, for the most part, through initiatives of musicians, music fans and citizens. The paper examines how the memory of the Leningrad Rock Club is presented in contemporary St. Petersburg as a significant part of the urban history of the 1980s (with examples of memorial sites, monuments to musicians, fan travel maps and tours). The research methods are in-depth interviews and observations that were made during a field-work (August 2020, July, August and October 2021, visiting various locations in 2013–2018). Basing on the concept of heritage as a process we analyze how popular musical heritage is constructed and how the memory and heritage of Leningrad Rock Club is represented in St. Petersburg. This example turns out to be part of the broader and, one might say, global processes of revising the concept of cultural heritage, which unfolded in the second half of the 20th century and as a result of which popular culture in all its diversity becomes a part of this process
    Keywords: cultural heritage, heritage studies, critical heritage studies, popular music heritage, Leningrad Rock Club, rock music
    JEL: Z
    Date: 2021
  2. By: Wayne Geerling (Monash University); Kristofer Nagy (Monash University); Elaine Rhee (University of Arizona); Jadrian Wooten (Penn State University)
    Abstract: Economic educators have been teaching with pop culture for decades, but until recently the focus was on English-based media. In this paper, we build on the work of Wooten al. (2021b), who showed how K-pop can be integrated into the principles-level curriculum. We develop three teaching guides that can be used to teach aspects of behavioral economics, game theory and indifference curve analysis – topics which are taught at the end of most principles-level courses but are also standalone upper level courses. The three artists chosen – BTS, BLACKPINK and TWICE – have huge global followings. We hope this paper will contribute to the library of diverse and inclusive teaching resources while helping to address the deficit of resources available to instructors of upper level courses.
    Keywords: Inclusive teaching, media, music, teaching economics, game theory
    JEL: A20 A21
    Date: 2021–12
  3. By: Charles Crabtree; Michael Poyker
    Abstract: To what extent do slanted media influence police perceptions and thereby their use of violent forces? We know that media bias affects many aspects of American life, such as perceptions of facts and views of politicians and policies. In this paper, we show that there is little evidence that slanted media influences police violence. To assess this relationship, we employ instrument variable estimation using the quasirandom positioning of FNC in the cable lineup as a source of exogenous variation in viewership. The evidence shows that increased exposure to FNC does not lead to more frequent police killings of Black people or people of other races. Our results suggest that slanted media coverage of crimes does not necessarily lead to fatal racial discrimination by police officers.
    Keywords: JEL Codes: J15, K42, L82, Z13
    Date: 2021
  4. By: Maxim Ananyev,; Michael Poyker; Yuan Tian
    Abstract: This chapter describes the growing literature on the effects of media on Covid-19-related outcomes. First, we discuss the papers related to traditional media. In particular, we discuss the literature that studies the effect of public messages, misinformation, and slanted media on health behaviors and health outcomes. Second, we discuss papers that highlight the role of social media content and social media users’ networks in the spread of information, formation of social norms, and transmission of diseases. We conclude with a discussion of how the pandemic, in turn, shapes the media.
    Keywords: COVID-19, Information Transmission, Media, Social Learning.
    Date: 2021

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