Accumulation of cultural capital at the intersection of socio-demographic features and productive specializations

  • Marco Bellandi
  • Daniela Campus
  • Alessandro Carraro
  • Erica SantiniEmail author
Original Article


This paper aims at introducing a conceptual framework and assessing how features of local systems combine with high levels of cultural capital. This framework encompasses the local productive specializations and socio-demographic characteristics, as well as their interplay. A review on related concepts and contributions helps to generate three hypotheses on place-based cultural capital. The paper works under the three hypotheses and applies the framework to an original dataset based on the Italian local systems. The results show how urban areas and made-in Italy local productive systems tend to associate with high levels of cultural capital. Moreover, the interplay between local productive specializations and socio-demographic characteristics highlights the role of place specificities. Such relations should be considered in the elaboration of culture-based policies of territorial development, and in further researches over the accumulative forces of cultural capital.


Cultural capital Local production systems Socio-demographic features Place specific effects Italian local systems 

JEL Classification

L60 O20 R12 Z10 



We would like to thank the anonymous referees for helpful comments on previous versions of this paper. The authors gratefully acknowledge the comments received by attendees at RSA conference 2017 and the precious suggestions provided by Marianna Mantuano (ISTAT).

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


The findings, interpretation and conclusion expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the policies or views of institutions they represent and its member countries. Errors, misinterpretations and omissions remain the responsibility of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of FlorenceFlorenceItaly
  2. 2.Food and Agriculture Organization of the UNRomeItaly
  3. 3.Department of Economics and ManagementUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly

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