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A Discrete Choice Model of Consumption of Cultural Goods in Italy: the Case of Music

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  • Donata Favaro

    () (University of Padua)

  • Carlofilippo Frateschi

    () (University of Padua)

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In this paper we present an empirical analysis of the 'patterns of cultural choice' in the musical domain in Italy. By employing micro data from the Italian Survey on Households. Citizens and Leisure, we investigate the way in which musical tastes appear to be differentiated in the Italian society. The main goal of the paper is to verify whether musical tastes could be characterised by the traditionally accepted dichotomy between an elite of 'cultural snobs' and a mass of consumers of 'lowbrow' genres or whether they are diversified, with the presence of a new group of "cultural omnivores". By applying the discrete choice analysis, we implement a multivariate logit model in which each equation represents the choice of one of the mutually exclusive alternatives. Our dependent variable is constructed in a way to exactly identify the set of the alternatives and to include all possible individual choices. Our estimates point to the existence of different 'degrees of omnivorouness' and capture the differences between individuals listening to (or attending concerts of) only one musical genre, more than one genre or all genres.

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  • Donata Favaro & Carlofilippo Frateschi, 2005. "A Discrete Choice Model of Consumption of Cultural Goods in Italy: the Case of Music," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0010, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".
  • Handle: RePEc:pad:wpaper:0010
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    1. Francesco BALDUCCI, 2008. "Music or Hi-Tech Lovers? An Empirical Analysis of the Digital Music Market in Italy," Working Papers 324, Universita' Politecnica delle Marche (I), Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche e Sociali.

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    • 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
    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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