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Explaining the World Heritage List: an empirical study

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  • Bruno Frey

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  • Paolo Pamini

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  • Lasse Steiner

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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. Copyright Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

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Article provided by Springer in its journal International Review of Economics.

Volume (Year): 60 (2013)
Issue (Month): 1 (March)
Pages: 1-19

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Handle: RePEc:spr:inrvec:v:60:y:2013:i:1:p:1-19

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Keywords: World heritage; Culture; UNESCO; International political economy; International organizations; Z11; F5; D6; H87;

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  1. Bruno S. Frey & Lasse Steiner, 2014. "God does not play dice, but people should: random selection in politics, science and society," ECON - Working Papers 144, Department of Economics - University of Zurich.

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