What Determines the World Heritage List? An Econometric Analysis
Bruno S. Frey
CREMA; Behavioural Science; Economics
University of Zurich
January 1, 2011
University of Zurich Department of Economics Working Paper No. 1
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: Global public goods, world heritage, international organizations, international political economy, culture
JEL Classification: Z11, F5, H87working papers series
Date posted: March 12, 2011
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