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Determinants of cultural and popular celebration attendance: the case study of Seville Spring Fiestas

María Palma (), Luis Palma () and Luis Fernando Aguado Quintero ()
Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Maria Luisa Palma Martos ()

Journal of Cultural Economics, 2013, vol. 37, issue 1, 87-107

Abstract: The Spring Fiestas in Seville (Spain) (SFS) are the most important cultural events in the city each year. The present paper pursues two aims. The first is to characterize the SFS as a new prototype of a complex cultural good that expresses the link between the people and the place in which they live based on material and immaterial cultural heritage represented through popular celebrations. The second goal is to conduct an empirical analysis of the determinants that shape attendance intensity by estimating a zero-truncated count data model using a unique dataset of attendees at the SFS in 2009. Findings indicate that attendance is strongly associated with variables reflecting knowledge, institutional links, past experiences, and the perceived external benefits generated by the existence of the SFS. The article contributes to the literature by exploring participation in popular celebrations, a field of inquiry that to date is extremely limited in cultural economics. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Keywords: Cultural goods; Spring Fiestas in Seville; Cultural participation models; Count data models; Z11; C25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2013
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