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Explaining the world heritage list: an empirical study


Frey, Bruno S; Pamini, Paolo; Steiner, Lasse (2013). Explaining the world heritage list: an empirical study. International Review of Economics, 60(1):1-19.

Abstract

The UNESCO World Heritage List is designed to protect the global heritage. We show that, with respect to countries and continents, the existing World Heritage List is highly imbalanced. Major econometric determinants of this imbalance are historical GDP, historical population, area in square kilometers of a country, and number of years of high civilization. Surprisingly, economic and political factors, such as membership on the UN Security Council, which should be unrelated to the value of a country’s heritage and therefore should have no impact, are shown to have a systematic impact on the composition of the World Heritage List.

Abstract

The UNESCO World Heritage List is designed to protect the global heritage. We show that, with respect to countries and continents, the existing World Heritage List is highly imbalanced. Major econometric determinants of this imbalance are historical GDP, historical population, area in square kilometers of a country, and number of years of high civilization. Surprisingly, economic and political factors, such as membership on the UN Security Council, which should be unrelated to the value of a country’s heritage and therefore should have no impact, are shown to have a systematic impact on the composition of the World Heritage List.

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:17 February 2013
Deposited On:06 Mar 2013 14:22
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 16:40
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1863-4613
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s12232-013-0174-4

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