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The consumption of cultural goods through the internet. How is it affected by the digital divide?

Victoria Ateca-Amestoy and Concetta Castiglione

No AWP-04-2016, ACEI Working Paper Series from Association for Cultural Economics International

Abstract: Cultural engagement through the internet is becoming a more popular way of cultural participation, as computers and mobile devices are the outlet for more cultural experiences. On the one hand, this may help to access a wider variety of cultural contents in the form of digital goods. On the other hand, the digital divide could further exacerbate the stratification of cultural consumption. Using data from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts for the United States, we explain the determinants of cultural participation through digital engagement for highbrow and lowbrow cultural activities, explicitly accounting for the selection in the sample of internet users. Our results suggest different determinants of these two categories, especially for the role played by age and education.

Keywords: Cultural participation; digital engagement; interne cultural consumption; selection; Heckman selection probit model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Z10 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 19 pages
Date: 2016-05, Revised 2016-05
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