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Cultural goods and laboratory experiments


  • Massimo Castro



In a two-stage public goods experiment, we study the framing effect due to the adoption of a cultural context. Our results show a slight increase in the allocations of subjects’ endowments to the cultural good when the cultural context is implemented in the laboratory. In particular, in one treatment, the framing effect has a strong impact in the last two periods only.
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  • Massimo Castro, 2006. "Cultural goods and laboratory experiments," International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing, Springer;International Association of Public and Non-Profit Marketing, vol. 3(1), pages 67-79, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:irpnmk:v:3:y:2006:i:1:p:67-79 DOI: 10.1007/BF02893285

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    1. Molina, Jose Alberto & Campaña, Juan Carlos & Ortega, Raquel, 2015. "Time dedicated by consumers to cultural goods: Determinants for Spain," MPRA Paper 68430, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Artistic education; cultural goods; framing; experiments; voluntary provision;

    JEL classification:

    • A13 - General Economics and Teaching - - General Economics - - - Relation of Economics to Social Values
    • H41 - Public Economics - - Publicly Provided Goods - - - Public Goods
    • C92 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Design of Experiments - - - Laboratory, Group Behavior
    • Z10 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics - - - General


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