UNDERSTANDING URBAN ALTERNATIVE CULTURAL PRODUCTION

By Enrico Bertacchini and Francesco Puletti

From the ashes of the creative city paradigm, there is a growing awareness of the urban creative economy as a complex adaptive system of intertwined actors and institutions. Yet, especially in the European context, little attention has been given to understanding informal and alternative art spaces and venues that contribute to the vibrancy of the urban cultural scene.

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HOW TICKET PRICES TO SWEDISH OPERA HOUSES AND SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAS HAVE BECOME INCREASINGLY EXCLUSIVE

By Staffan Albinsson

Ambitions for social inclusion have guided the publicly funded opera houses and symphony orchestras since the early twentieth century. However, this explicit policy goal has not influenced ticket prices during the last four decades. The successive ticket price increases have resulted in a situation where only the better off attend the performances.

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UNDERSTANDING DIFFERENCES IN DONATIONS TO CULTURAL HERITAGE

By Victoria Ateca-Amestoy and Arantza Gorostiaga

Cultural participation can engage in cultural heritage beyond visits to includes donating their money and their time to cultural heritage organisations. The participant’s philanthropic motives of charitable giving and their cultural preference evaluating cultural heritage are characterized in “Donating Money and Time to Cultural Heritage. Evidence from the European Union”,  a study of participation rates among countries in the European Union.

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WHAT DRIVES CULTURAL PARTICIPATION OF IMMIGRANTS IN THE HOST COUNTRY?

By Enrico Bertacchini, Alessandra Venturini and Roberto Zotti

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Migration has become in the last decades one of the most overarching phenomena at the global level. Much of the academic and policy debate has focused on the determinants of economic and social integration at receiving societies, but very little attention has been devoted on migrants’ engagement in arts and cultural activities and in general on their cultural integration. Using Italy as a case study, we find that, rather than personal cultural capital, cultural participation is significantly and primary driven by the process of acculturation which takes place during the staying in the host country. At the same time, the effect of migrants’ cultural background is more complex, varying across cultural groups and depending on the type of cultural activities considered.

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FROM POPULAR TO HIGHBROW CULTURE: THE CHANGING ROLE OF EDUCATION

By Sara Suarez‑Fernandez, Juan Prieto‑Rodriguez and Maria Jose Perez‑Villadoniga

Education is the socioeconomic variable that has the greatest (direct and indirect) impact on cultural participation. In this paper, we analyze the effect of education on cultural consumption once the impact of income is controlled for. We find that the effect varies between activities, with its marginal effect more relevant for highbrow activities than for popular culture. This result is consistent with the idea that highbrow cultural consumption involves the comprehension of more complex symbolic elements, and individuals’ decoding abilities depend more on education than on income. Continue reading “FROM POPULAR TO HIGHBROW CULTURE: THE CHANGING ROLE OF EDUCATION”

DATA-DRIVEN CULTURE, ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND MACHINE CREATIVITY

By Christian Peukert

Digitization has made a large impact on the cultural industries in the past 20 years. With a new wave of technologies arriving, it will be important to understand the economic implications of data and artificial intelligence that complements, or perhaps substitutes for human creativity with regards to cultural participation, copyright and the industrial organization of culture.

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