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Análisis de los hábitos de lectura como una decisión económica/



    (Departamento de Economía. UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO.)


    () (Departamento de Economía. UNIVERSIDAD DE OVIEDO.)


En este artículo se investigan los hábitos de lectura y de asistencia a las bibliotecas dentro del marco teórico de las decisiones racionales del consumidor y atendiendo esencialmente a la influencia del capital cultural individual tiene en la formación de las preferencias. Utilizando la Encuesta de Hábitos y Prácticas Culturales en España (EHPCE 02-03), se estiman dos modelos probit ordenados que identifican los factores que explican la frecuencia en la asistencia a las bibliotecas y en lectura como actividad de ocio y un modelo de conteo que permite analizar la intensidad de la lectura. Como principales resultados, se observa que el capital cultural es un elemento esencial a la hora de explicar ambas actividades; además, las bibliotecas son la infraestructura cultural por excelencia en las pequeñas localidades. Por otro lado, la lectura es una opción plenamente compatible con cualquier otra actividad cultural. In this paper the theoretical model of consumer’s decision making process is used to analyze attendance to libraries and reading habits in Spain. We put especial attention to how cultural capital influences the formation of individual preferences. We use the Spanish Cultural Consumption Habits Survey to estimate two ordered probit models to determine the factors influencing attendance to libraries and reading habits. We also estimate a count model to investigate reading intensity. We have found that cultural capital is a key factor in order to explain both activities and libraries are the main cultural infrastructure in small towns. Finally we can also conclude that reading could be a complementary activity of any other cultural commodity.

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  • Fernández Blanco, Víctor & Prieto Rodríguez,Juan, 2009. "Análisis de los hábitos de lectura como una decisión económica/," Estudios de Economía Aplicada, Estudios de Economía Aplicada, vol. 27, pages 113-138, Abril.
  • Handle: RePEc:lrk:eeaart:27_1_1

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    1. Muñiz, Cristina & Rodríguez, Plácido & Suárez, María J., 2014. "Sports and cultural habits by gender: An application using count data models," Economic Modelling, Elsevier, vol. 36(C), pages 288-297.

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    JEL classification:

    • Z11 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - Economics of the Arts and Literature
    • D11 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Theory
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities


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