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A quantitative analysis of reading habits

Víctor Fernández-Blanco (), Juan Prieto-Rodriguez () and Javier Suarez-Pandiello ()
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Javier Suarez-Pandiello: Departamento de Economia, Facultad de Economia y Empresa, Universidad de Oviedo

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No AWP-05-2015, ACEI Working Paper Series from Association for Cultural Economics International

Abstract: In this paper, reading leisure habits in Spain are analysed as part of the consumers’ decision process under a general framework of time allocation and emphasizing the role of cultural background. We use the Survey on Cultural Habits and Practices in Spain 2010-2011 to analyse the factors influencing reading habits, measured by the number of books read, and using a Zero Inflated Binomial Negative model. Time restrictions are a relevant barrier for reading habits. Female and educated people show different patterns. Furthermore, cultural attitudes and consumption are determinants of the probability of being a reader but also of the number of books read. This positive effect is linked to activities classified inside highbrow culture. Cultural capital, measured by a set of variables related to cultural home equipment that may also capture an income effect, has also a positive impact. Finally, we have also found relevant urban/rural differences.

Keywords: reading; cultural capital; cultural habits; factorial analysis; Zero Inflated Binomial Negative model (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C25 D11 D12 Z11 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 20 pages
Date: 2015-05, Revised 2015-05
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul and nep-eur
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