World Heritage: Where are We? An Empirical Analysis

Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Working Paper No. 462

39 Pages Posted: 19 Feb 2010

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Date Written: November 24, 2009

Abstract

An empirical overview of the UNESCO World Heritage List according to various characteristics is presented. The officially stated intention of the World Heritage List is to protect global heritage. Our focus is on the imbalance of the existing List according to countries and continents. The existing distribution is compared to hypothetical distributions considered “balanced” from different points of view. It turns out that the World Heritage List is unbalanced with respect to a distribution of Sites according to population, area or per capita income. This paper wants to reveal facts about the existing distribution, and is designed to help a reasoned discussion to emerge.

Suggested Citation

Frey, Bruno S. and Pamini, Paolo, World Heritage: Where are We? An Empirical Analysis (November 24, 2009). Institute for Empirical Research in Economics, University of Zurich, Working Paper No. 462. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1554892 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1554892

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