World Heritage: Where are We? An Empirical Analysis

37 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2011

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Date Written: April 19, 2011


A statistical analysis of the UNESCO World Heritage List is presented. The World Heritage Convention intends to protect global heritage of outstanding value to mankind, but there has been great concern about the missing representativity of the member countries. There is a strongly biased distribution of Sites according to a country’s population, area or per capita income. The paper reveals the facts but refrains from judging whether the existing distribution is appropriate or not. This task must be left to the discussion in the World Heritage Convention.

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Frey, Bruno S. and Pamini, Paolo, World Heritage: Where are We? An Empirical Analysis (April 19, 2011). Available at SSRN: or

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