The Impact of Culture on the Individual Subjective Well-Being of the Italian Population: An Exploratory Study

The aim of this study is to explore the relationship between cultural access and individual psychological well-being, in order to provide a possible estimation of the impact of cultural participation upon subjective perceptions of well being. Continue reading The Impact of Culture on the Individual Subjective Well-Being of the Italian Population: An Exploratory Study

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The Social Viability of Culture-led Urban Transformation Processes: Evidence from the Bicocca District, Milan

This paper investigates the relationships between cultural activities/investments and urban transformation processes, with reference to the transformation of the Bicocca district in the metropolitan core of Milan. Continue reading The Social Viability of Culture-led Urban Transformation Processes: Evidence from the Bicocca District, Milan

Evolutionary Selection of Socially Sensitive Preferences in Random Matching Environments

In this paper we study the evolutionary selection of socially sensitive preferences in the context of reference interaction settings such as coordination failure and cooperation. We refer to a specific class of socially sensitive preferences in which players weigh additively their own material payoff against the opponent with either a positive or negative coefficient (lambda-players). Continue reading Evolutionary Selection of Socially Sensitive Preferences in Random Matching Environments

Social preferences and private provision of public goods: A ‘double critical mass’ model

We set up an evolutionary game-theoretic model aimed at addressing the issue of local public good provision via direct commitment of voluntary forces (private donors and
nonprofit providers) only. Continue reading Social preferences and private provision of public goods: A ‘double critical mass’ model

The Power of the Arts in Vancouver: Creating a Great City

An Approach to Cultural Policy in Vancouver
I. Introduction: building competitive advantage for the nascent Vancouver knowledge economy
(…) In a knowledge economy, the reasoning abilities of teenagers may be seen as a key component of the economy’s and society’s “intangible infrastructure”, i.e. as a key factor of competitiveness. Sophisticated cognitive abilities are in fact necessary both on the supply and demand sides: to produce knowledge-intensive goods and
services, and to use and enjoy them in a meaningful, satisfactory way. Measuring how such abilities are being developed by teenagers gives us an interesting view of
the future prospects of specific knowledge economies. Continue reading The Power of the Arts in Vancouver: Creating a Great City

Social capital accumulation and the evolution of social participation

We study the co-evolution of social participation and social capital accumulation, taking the view that the former contributes to the latter, and both contribute to socially enjoyed leisure. Continue reading Social capital accumulation and the evolution of social participation

European Culture Capitals and Local Development Strategies: Comparing the Genoa and Lille 2004 Cases

European capitals of culture have become a case study of primary inter-est for those concerned with the assessment of the long-run impact of systematic cultural policies. Starting from the first edition 1985, highly diverse cities have been chosen for this program, each one carrying its own socio-economic background, its endowment of cultural capital and so on. Consequently, different cities have chosen and implemented very different models of culture capitals, thereby generating different local impacts both in a short- and long-run perspective. The two cities nominated for 2004, Genoa and Lille, provide the basis for an interesting comparative study in that they have opted for very different models. Continue reading European Culture Capitals and Local Development Strategies: Comparing the Genoa and Lille 2004 Cases

The “Art City” as a local public good: the strategic interplay between private donors and arts organization

In this paper we set up a simple evolutionary game-theoretic model aimed at addressing the issue of ‘art cities’ promotion and preservation over time via simultaneous commitment of nonprofit actors such as private donors and arts organizations. Continue reading The “Art City” as a local public good: the strategic interplay between private donors and arts organization

Subjective metaphysics and learning from experience: The causal psychology of rational choice

The evaluation of a decision maker’s degree of rationality has to do with the way in which (s)he collects and processes ‘relevant’ information. However, while the efficiency of information processing procedures is a relatively unambiguous notion, the same cannot be said of the judgements of relevance as to the information to be processed. In this paper we argue that individual decision-making processes are necessarily based on a set of meta-empirical assumptions that we call subjective metaphysics. Continue reading Subjective metaphysics and learning from experience: The causal psychology of rational choice