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What determines the World Heritage List? An econometric analysis

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  • Bruno S. Frey
  • Paolo Pamini
  • Lasse Steiner

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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.

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Paper provided by Department of Economics - University of Zurich in its series ECON - Working Papers with number 001.

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Keywords: Global public goods; world heritage; international organizations; international political economy; culture;

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  1. Bertacchini Enrico & Saccone Donatella, 2011. "The political economy of world heritage," EBLA Working Papers 201101, University of Turin.
  2. Axel Dreher & Vera Eichenauer & Kai Gehring, 2013. "Geopolitics, Aid and Growth," CESifo Working Paper Series 4299, CESifo Group Munich.

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