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What determines the World Heritage List? An econometric analysis


Frey, Bruno S; Pamini, Paolo; Steiner, Lasse (2011). What determines the World Heritage List? An econometric analysis. Working paper series / Department of Economics No. 01, University of Zurich.

Abstract

The official intention of the UNESCO World Heritage List is to protect the global heritage. However, the existing List is highly imbalanced according to countries and continents. Historical reasons, such as historical GDP, population, and number of years of high civilization, have a significant impact on being included on the List. In addition, economic and political factors unrelated to the value of heritage, such as rent seeking by bureaucrats and politicians, the size of the tourist sector, the importance of media, the degree of federalism, and membership in the UN Security Council, influence the composition of the List.

Abstract

The official intention of the UNESCO World Heritage List is to protect the global heritage. However, the existing List is highly imbalanced according to countries and continents. Historical reasons, such as historical GDP, population, and number of years of high civilization, have a significant impact on being included on the List. In addition, economic and political factors unrelated to the value of heritage, such as rent seeking by bureaucrats and politicians, the size of the tourist sector, the importance of media, the degree of federalism, and membership in the UN Security Council, influence the composition of the List.

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Item Type:Working Paper
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Working Paper Series > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
JEL Classification:Z11, F5, H87
Uncontrolled Keywords:Global public goods, world heritage, international organizations, international political economy, culture
Language:English
Date:January 2011
Deposited On:11 Nov 2011 07:27
Last Modified:12 Aug 2017 11:58
Series Name:Working paper series / Department of Economics
Number of Pages:35
ISSN:1664-7041 (P) 1664-705X (E)
Official URL:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/wp/econwp001.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.econ.uzh.ch/static/workingpapers.php

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