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The Danish Cultural Heritage: Economics and Politics

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  • Chr. Hjorth-Andersen

    (Institute of Economics, University of Copenhagen)

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This paper deals with the Danish cultural heritage understood as the tangible heritage, mainly buildings. The paper briefly describes the political economy of conserving the cultural heritage and the means of preserving it. The main focus of the paper is, however, on the present Danish conservation policy. The paper presents estimates of the costs of preserving the cultural heritage on a national scale. It is concluded that while the level of conservation probably conforms to the wishes of the Danish people marginal decisions are probably misguided. In particular, a detailed examination of the practices of the Danish Conservation Board is presented. The Board is not guided by the recommended cost-benefit perspective but rather in practice devoted to preserving architectonical values.

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  • Chr. Hjorth-Andersen, 2004. "The Danish Cultural Heritage: Economics and Politics," Discussion Papers 04-33, University of Copenhagen. Department of Economics.
  • Handle: RePEc:kud:kuiedp:0433
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    1. Edward Morey & Kathleen Greer Rossmann, 2003. "Using Stated-Preference Questions to Investigate Variations in Willingness to Pay for Preserving Marble Monuments: Classic Heterogeneity, Random Parameters, and Mixture Models," Journal of Cultural Economics, Springer;The Association for Cultural Economics International, vol. 27(3), pages 215-229, November.
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    cultural heritage; cultural policy; preservation;

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    • Z1 - Other Special Topics - - Cultural Economics

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