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The political economy of cultural spending: evidence from Italian cities

Dalle Nogare, Chiara and Galizzi, Matteo M. (2011) The political economy of cultural spending: evidence from Italian cities. Journal of Cultural Economics, 35 (3). pp. 203-231. ISSN 0885-2545

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Identification Number: 10.1007/s10824-011-9145-3


We investigate the relationship between Italian municipalities’ spending on culture in the 1990s and 2000s and a number of political variables—such as a left/right dummy, an election-year dummy and a term-limit indicator—controlling, among other things, for economic and socio-demographic characteristics of the population, the level of human capital and instruction, proxies of social capital, the extent of private financing of cultural provisions and touristic and artistic relevance. We use a panel-data regression analysis and find that, indeed, some determinants of public expenditures on culture are political. In particular, we identify an electoral cycle in which the incumbent spends less on culture in an election year. This result is robust for variations in the empirical model accounting for both the persistence and spatial interdependence of cultural expenditures by municipalities.

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Additional Information: © 2011 Springer
Divisions: Social Policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2015 15:26
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 01:22

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