nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2022‒10‒24
five papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Cities, Culture, Creativity By UNESCO; World Bank
  2. Film-induced tourism: a new concern for place marketing managers. [EGPA Annual conference 2021] By Christophe Alaux; Manon Châtel
  3. Dimensions of Illiteracy: A Quantitative and Comparative Approach from Italy, circa 1815 By Marco Martinez
  4. Should organizing premier-level European football be a monopoly? And who should run it? - An economists' perspective By Budzinski, Oliver; Feddersen, Arne
  5. Advances in the Economic Theory of Cultural Transmission By Alberto Bisin; Thierry Verdier

  1. By: UNESCO; World Bank
    Keywords: Culture and Development - Cultural Assets for Poverty Reduction Culture and Development - Cultural Heritage & Preservation Culture and Development - Culture in Sustainable Development Urban Development - City Development Strategies Urban Development - Urban Economic Development
    Date: 2021–05
  2. By: Christophe Alaux (AMU - Aix Marseille Université, CERGAM - Centre d'Études et de Recherche en Gestion d'Aix-Marseille - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - UTLN - Université de Toulon, AMU IMPGT - Institut de management public et de gouvernance territoriale - AMU - Aix Marseille Université); Manon Châtel (AMU - Aix Marseille Université, CERGAM - Centre d'Études et de Recherche en Gestion d'Aix-Marseille - AMU - Aix Marseille Université - UTLN - Université de Toulon, AMU IMPGT - Institut de management public et de gouvernance territoriale - AMU - Aix Marseille Université)
    Abstract: Tourism-a powerful tool used by public authorities to boost their territory's attractiveness is evolving with the audiovisual consumer society. From globalization to the hybridization of tastes, through the multiplication of SVOD platforms, an inherent phenomenon is emerging: film induced tourism. Conceptualized in the early 2000s, it's the subject of researches in tourism, marketing or geography, questioning in turn motivational elements of tourists and the contents of films in order to detect keys of success of this phenomenon. Nevertheless, research in the field of public action is much rarer on the subject, and we observe a gap in the modalities of action of territorial managers concerning the film induced tourism. Therefore, we attempt to explore, through our present research, the issues raised by the film induced tourism for a place, as well as the mechanisms of action of place marketing managers and their practices concerning its management. For this research, we rely on the concepts of cine-tourism (Beeton, 2005, Macionis, 2004 ; O'Connor et al., 2011), as well as tourist attractiveness (Das et al., 2007 ; Fabry, 2009 ; Kadri et al., 2019). Based on an embedded case study (Yin, 2003), we conducted a qualitative study resulting in semi- structured interviews with 13 territorial managers from three different cities which host the shooting of the same television series. As a result, we highlight several tools and methods of action for place branding managers: before welcoming a new film shooting with prospection, internal management or pre-release promotion, as well as after film release with promotional actions on the territory, the development of touristic products or a global offer. Therefore, we bring some elements of discussion, allowing us to question the film induced tourism research in relation to the territorial attractiveness research. This paper suggests the existence of a "hiatus" between the proposals and theoretical models of researchers and what appear to be the "real" expectations and needs of territorial managers on this subject.
    Date: 2022–09–02
  3. By: Marco Martinez
    Abstract: This paper quantitatively assesses to what extent signatures in marriage certificates can inform about literacy rates in pre-industrial states. The direct estimates are based on a novel and balanced random sample of marriage certificates for pre-unification Italy in 1815. Such figures are compared to all alternative sources available for close years, including direct and indirect approaches who focused on selected areas of Italy. The new empirical methodology is as important as the results found with it. Two main findings emerge. First, marriage certificates can accurately measure literacy rates in preindustrial Italy, but only when accompanied by rigorous sampling procedures. Indeed, the proposed empirical approach allows to go from local to aggregate estimates that generally are in line with other estimates for the period, and can be scaled up or applied in other contexts. Second, North vs Centre-South divides in 1815 are lower than previously suggested. This supports the hypothesis that French reforms and later restoration governments triggered a process of widening North-South literacy divides.
    Keywords: Literacy rates; random sampling; marriage certificates; human capital.
    Date: 2022–10–02
  4. By: Budzinski, Oliver; Feddersen, Arne
    Abstract: The controversy around the breakaway European Super League, set to conquer the UEFA Champions League, and the surrounding antitrust proceedings revive the academic discussion about the monopoly power of sport-internal governing bodies (like the UEFA), the justification for and limits of their powers, and potential abuses of their power. Against this background, we discuss how much monopoly is unavoidable in premier-level European football and how its powers can be limited and, thus, scope and incentives for power abuse may be reduced. We particularly find that championship management can be periodically assigned to third-parties (like the Super League organizers) by tender procedures, thus, creating a periodical competition for the market, fueling innovation incentives and strengthening the influence of fans' preferences.
    Keywords: sports economics,Super League,UEFA Champions League,monopoly,marketpower,sport associations,rival leagues
    JEL: D02 D42 D47 K21 L12 L30 L40 L83 Z20
    Date: 2022
  5. By: Alberto Bisin; Thierry Verdier
    Abstract: In this paper we survey recent advances in the economic theory of cultural transmission. We highlight three main themes on which the literature has made great progress in the last ten years: the domain of traits subject to cultural transmission, the micro-foundations for the technology of transmission, and feedback effects between culture, institutions, and various socio-economic environments. We conclude suggesting interesting areas for future research.
    JEL: O10 P16 P48
    Date: 2022–09

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