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World Heritage List: does it make sense?

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  • Bruno S. Frey
  • Lasse Steiner

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The UNESCO World Heritage List contains the 900 most treasured Sites of humanity’s culture and landscapes. The World Heritage List is beneficial where heritage sites are undetected, disregarded by national decision-makers, not commercially exploitable, and where national financial resources, political control and technical knowledge for conservation are inadequate. Alternatives such as the market and reliance on national conservation list are more beneficial where the cultural and natural sites are already popular, markets work well, and where inclusion in the List does not raise the destruction potential by excessive tourism, and in times of war or by terrorists.

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Paper provided by Institute for Empirical Research in Economics - University of Zurich in its series IEW - Working Papers with number 484.

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Date of creation: Apr 2010
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Handle: RePEc:zur:iewwpx:484

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Keywords: Global public good; world heritage; cultural certificates; monuments; UNESCO;

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Cited by:
  1. Michael Funke & Yu-Fu Chen, 2010. "Global warming and extreme events: Rethinking the timing and intensity of environment policy," Quantitative Macroeconomics Working Papers 21007b, Hamburg University, Department of Economics.
  2. Bruno S. Frey & Paolo Pamini & Lasse Steiner, 2011. "What Determines The World Heritage List? An Econometric Analysis," CREMA Working Paper Series 2011-01, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).
  3. Annie Tubadji, 2012. "Culture-based development: empirical evidence for Germany," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing, vol. 39(9), pages 690-703, July.
  4. Burc Kayahan & Brian Vanblarcom, 2012. "Cost Benefit Analysis of UNESCO World Heritage Site Designation in Nova Scotia," Review of Economic Analysis, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, vol. 4(2), pages 247-273, December.

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