Kalã²S Kai Agathã²S? Government Quality and Cultural Heritage in the Regions of Europe

27 Pages Posted: 9 May 2019

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Enrico Bertacchini

University of Turin - Department of Economics

Federico Revelli

University of Turin

Date Written: 2019

Abstract

This paper uses panel data on over 200 regions of Europe to study the spatial distribution of UNESCO sites and the capacity of regional governments to conserve heritage, using new designations in the World Heritage List as a proxy. We test whether the location of a region matters by controlling for the stock of World Heritage in the surrounding regions, and if low regional government quality is an obstacle to inclusion of sites into the List. We find some evidence of within-country regional competition for inscription, and of a positive impact of government quality on the chances of having a UNESCO designation.  

Keywords: UNESCO World Heritage, quality of government, regions of Europe, spatial analysis

JEL Classification: C230, R100

Suggested Citation

Bertacchini, Enrico and Revelli, Federico, Kalã²S Kai Agathã²S? Government Quality and Cultural Heritage in the Regions of Europe (2019). CESifo Working Paper No. 7618, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3384309

Enrico Bertacchini (Contact Author)

University of Turin - Department of Economics ( email )

Via Po 53
Torino, Turin - Piedmont 10100
Italy

Federico Revelli

University of Turin ( email )

Via Po 53
Facolta di Scienze Politiche
10124 Torino
Italy

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