nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2022‒12‒12
seven papers chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Non-Fungible Tokens By Andrea Barbon; Angelo Ranaldo
  2. TIME AND FILM PROGRAMMING IN MOSCOW CINEMA THEATERS, 1946-1955 By Kristina A. Tanis; Anastasiia A. Balykova
  3. Analisis Model Bisnis Retail Video Blockbuster By Abidin, Amanda Namira
  4. Current Perception of Epidemic between Traditional and Social Media: an Italian Case Study By Di Sia, Paolo
  5. Analisis Model Bisnis Retail Permainan Video Game Stop By Carazein, Angeline Shakila
  6. New Orleans’ “restaurant renaissance,” chef humanitarians, and the New Southern food movement By Firth, Jeanne; Passidomo, Catarina
  7. Consumer Characteristics and Perceptions of Country-of-brand and Country-of-manufacture: Japanese Processed foods in urban China By Ishida, Takashi; Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Inoue, Sotaro; Mori, Romio; Ito, Noriko; Higuchi, Tomoo

  1. By: Andrea Barbon (University of St. Gallen; University of St.Gallen); Angelo Ranaldo (University of St. Gallen; Swiss Finance Institute)
    Abstract: This paper explores the new world of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT), which are unique digital assets providing proof of ownership and verification of authenticity held in the blockchain. After describing what a NFT is, we shed light on the main reasons it has value both as a financial instrument and as a new product. Second, we discuss the various types of existing NFTs, including digital artworks, play-to-earn video games, and (digital) real estate. Third, we explain how NFTs and smart contracts are created. In doing so, we discuss some technical aspects such as blockchain, non-fungible versus semi-fungible, and minting. Finally, we give an overview of existing marketplaces followed by a more general discussion of how NFTs could help improve some of market inefficiencies and could contribute to the social welfare and banking industry.
    Keywords: Non-Fungible Tokens, Blockchain, Smart Contract; Digital Assets
    Date: 2022–11
  2. By: Kristina A. Tanis (National Research University Higher School of Economics); Anastasiia A. Balykova (National Research University Higher School of Economics)
    Abstract: This paper is devoted to the Soviet film market during the first half of the twentieth century. In particular, it consist of introductory text and database on film programming in Moscow cinema theaters between 1946 and 1955. Based on the intersection of two methodological approaches, anthropology of time and new cinema history, this paper traces the multifunctionality and heterogeneity of Soviet time on the example of contracting adopted in the USSR between distributors and different actors of cinema networks. While the database on film programming of Moscow cinema theaters contributes to the issue of cinema audience studies and the known dominant models of film distribution and exhibition, placing the Soviet case into international context
    Keywords: big data, film distribution and exhibition, temporal turn, new cinema history, film programming, USSR
    JEL: Z11
    Date: 2022
  3. By: Abidin, Amanda Namira
    Abstract: Bisnis retail persewaan film dan video game Blockbuster pernah mengalami masa kenaikan (rise). Namun sejak tahun 2000, bisnis hiburan ini mengalami penurunan (fall). Studi ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui alasan penurunan (fall) dan atau kenaikan (rise) pada bisnis Blockbuster. Studi ini menggunakan studi kasus tunggal pada bisnis Blockbuster yang bergerak di bidang retail video dengan analisis business model canvas, business pattern, business environment & value proposition canvas. Bisnis ini pernah tren pertumbuhan dan sukses karena memiliki value proposition penyewaan yang fleksibel. Namun, bisnis Blockbuster mengalami penurunan karena key activities terlalu berfokus pada toko DVD fisik. Studi merekomendasikan key activities film dan game yang disediakan di update secara teratur sehingga customer bisa mendapatkan versi terbaru segera setelah dirilis. Kata Kunci: Blockbuster, business model canvas, model bisnis, retail video, value proposition canva
    Date: 2022–07–10
  4. By: Di Sia, Paolo ("Primordial Dynamic Space" Research)
    Abstract: Aim. More than two years after the beginning of the global epidemic period, most governments have adopted questionable strategies, aimed at the progressive reduction of the people freedom and pushing in a non-transparent way on the forced use of genic drugs, improperly called vaccines. The purpose of this work concerns the different way in which news relating to the epidemic reached citizens from traditional media (main TV channels and main national newspapers) and from social media, in particular from Telegram. Methods. The paper considers the situation perceived in Italy up to the first months of 2022 by analyzing the news appearing on mainstream TV channels and how they are described by national newspapers, as opposed to what can be deduced from some social media platforms who are still enough free from censorship. Results. The analysis underlines that there is a clear discrepancy between traditional and social media; the official narration of the traditional media is not only questionable, but does not give rise to the possibility of a free discussion on the hottest issues of this epidemic. Only Telegram appears to be the most censorship free channel among the studied traditional/social media in this paper. Conclusions. The attention placed on the official narrative of Covid-19, on the use of the methodology still in force in Italy for fighting the epidemic, on the strong nonsanitary limitation of individual freedom and on a possible underlying plan about what is globally happening leads to the conclusion that in Italy there is an attempt to give an ambiguous, equivocal and inconsistent version of the facts, contradicted by experimental data and scientific papers appearing more and more numerous in qualified international journals.
    Date: 2022–08–14
  5. By: Carazein, Angeline Shakila
    Abstract: Bisnis GameStop yang didirikan pada tahun 1984 mengalami masa kenaikan (rise). Namun sejak tahun 2016, industri video game digital ini mengalami tren penurunan (fall). Studi ini bertujuan untuk mengetahui alasan penurunan (fall) dan kenaikan (rise) pada bisnis GameStop. Studi ini menggunakan studi kasus jamak pada bisnis GameStop yang bergerak di bidang video game digital dengan analisis business model canvas, business pattern, business environment & value proposition canvas. Bisnis GameStop pernah tren pertumbuhan dan sukses karena memiliki memiliki jaringan distribusi yang luas serta terdapat sekitar 4000 toko ritel di seluruh dunia. Namun, bisnis Gamestop mengalami penurunan karena perubahan pasar yang menyebabkan performa penjualan GameStop menurun belasan hingga puluhan persen. Studi merekomendasikan menambah beberapa bahasa dari berbagai negara untuk memudahkan para customer dalam bertransaksi di GameStop.
    Date: 2022–07–09
  6. By: Firth, Jeanne; Passidomo, Catarina
    Abstract: In this paper, we situate New Orleans’ post-Katrina “restaurant renaissance” within a context of historical and contemporary racial and gender inequities. This context provides a space for critical consideration of the celebratory narratives popularly attached to the city’s most prominent chefs and their roles in “rebuilding” New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Our critique focuses on the practice of chef “celanthropy” (celebrity philanthropy) and the contradictions often underlying that practice. While we situate this critique in New Orleans, our analysis is more broadly applicable to what Lily Kelting has described as the “New Southern Food Movement.” This movement relies on contradictory tropes of pastoral utopian pasts and harmonious multicultural futures that elide white male hegemony within the food industry, and southern food’s grounding in colonialism and enslavement.
    Keywords: celanthropy; chefs; culinary tourism; food justice; New Orleans
    JEL: R14 J01
    Date: 2022
  7. By: Ishida, Takashi; Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Inoue, Sotaro; Mori, Romio; Ito, Noriko; Higuchi, Tomoo
    Keywords: Consumer/Household Economics
    Date: 2021

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