september 2011
12 p.

Analysis of the expenditure that French households devote to cultural goods and cultural and communication services permits assessment of changes in the 2000s. Although they have fallen in 2006 compared to 2001 and no longer represent more than 4 % of the available budget against 4.5 % five years earlier, the structure of cultural and media expenditure has changed considerably. The digitisation of cultural goods has amplified the transition to a service industry. The analysis confirms the influence of age, level of education, social and professional category and size of the commune of residence in the share of expenditure that a French household devotes to cultural expenditure. A classification approach to expenses identifies three cultural consumption worlds: “traditional” culture, screen culture and “youth” culture.