The Diffusion of Cultural District Laws across US States

27 Pages Posted: 2 Jun 2018 Last revised: 17 Apr 2020

Date Written: January 2020


With the increasing number of cultural districts as place-based policies, one of the first questions that arise is: why do some states adopt cultural district laws but not others? Exploring the difference in timing of adoption by each state, I examine the determinants of cultural district laws. Following the policy diffusion literature I test whether there is government, imitation, and learning mechanisms driving the adoption of cultural district laws in the United States. The results suggest the presence of government competition and imitation mechanisms. That is, government compete with those nearby and close in production structure, and learn from those similar to them.

Keywords: Cultural Districts, Creative Industry, Policy Diffusion, Place Based Policies

JEL Classification: H29, H89, R58, Z18

Suggested Citation

Borges Ferreira Neto, Amir, The Diffusion of Cultural District Laws across US States (January 2020). Available at SSRN: or

Amir Borges Ferreira Neto (Contact Author)

Florida Gulf Coast University ( email )

Lutgert College of Business
10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
United States
33965-6565 (Fax)


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