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Knocking on Hell’s door. Dismantling hate with cultural consumption

Daria Denti, Alessandro Crociata and Alessandra Faggian

No 2131, Papers in Evolutionary Economic Geography (PEEG) from Utrecht University, Department of Human Geography and Spatial Planning, Group Economic Geography

Abstract: How local cultural activities influence development and human behaviour is gaining growing attention in economic geography. Small scale experimental evidence shows that cultural consumption is effective in countering hate. This is crucial, as hate, in turn, has a negative influence on the socioeconomic performance of places. Still, little is known on this, outside few more qualitative case studies. This paper provides a quantitative measure of the impact of cultural consumption on hate events in the Italian NUTS3 regions. IV estimation using a unique longitudinal database, with georeferenced hate manifestations and a population-based measure for cultural consumption, shows that cultural consumption determines a reduction in hate events. Our findings support the idea that cultural change acts a key enabling factor for people open-mindedness and inclusiveness of places. Moreover, our results hold even after various robustness checks, suggesting the need for policy interventions promoting cultural consumption.

Keywords: hate; discontent; cultural economics; spillovers; social capital (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D31 H0 I J15 Z1 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021-10, Revised 2021-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cul, nep-evo and nep-ure
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