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I consumi culturali in Italia: analisi socio economica delle tendenze di lungo periodo ed il ruolo delle ‘crisi’


  • Massimiliano Mazzanti


  • Ilaria Mancosu


The paper presents applied analyses of the long run trends for cultural consumption in Italy. The empirical analysis derives from the ISTAT sources by geographical areas and typologies of consumption some insights on the determinants of consumption in the long run. The role of economic crises is specifically investigated. Though it appears that GDP plays a significant role as driver of consumption, manly in the geographical drawing, we note for further research that key cultural consumptions seem to witness slight or no reduction over ‘crisis’ periods, mainly in the 2008-2009 turning point. The nature of positional good and the human capital formation contents could be main reasons for such evidence that are worth of various further researches.

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  • Massimiliano Mazzanti & Ilaria Mancosu, 2011. "I consumi culturali in Italia: analisi socio economica delle tendenze di lungo periodo ed il ruolo delle ‘crisi’," Working Papers 201119, University of Ferrara, Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:udf:wpaper:201119

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    1. Throsby, David, 1994. "The Production and Consumption of the Arts: A View of Cultural Economics," Journal of Economic Literature, American Economic Association, vol. 32(1), pages 1-29, March.
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    4. David Throsby, 2011. "Cultural Capital," Chapters,in: A Handbook of Cultural Economics, Second Edition, chapter 20 Edward Elgar Publishing.
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    cultural consumption; crises; economic trends; long run;

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    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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