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Enhancing the valorisation of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: a Pigouvian Approach




The aim of this paper is to cope with the disequilibrium affecting World Heritage Sites as to the conditions of their conservation and the resources available for their valorisation. We propose a tax-based mechanism divided into three phases. The first one aims at providing an objective approach to measure the needs and diversity of World Heritage Sites. The second phase presents valorisation strategies to generate new economic resources from cultural tourism. The third one illustrates the tax mechanism based on collecting resources trough an earmarked tax on tourist activities and redistributing these resources at a regional scale. Our proposal is a contribution to the growing literature on Unesco World Heritage sites and it may be useful to ground the decision making of the recently formed Unesco Centres aimed at raising funds for the World Heritage conservation.

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  • Bertacchini Enrico & Saccone Donatella & Santagata Walter, 2009. "Enhancing the valorisation of UNESCO World Heritage Sites: a Pigouvian Approach," EBLA Working Papers 200903, University of Turin.
  • Handle: RePEc:uto:eblawp:200903

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    1. John M. Piotrowski & Rabah Arezki & Reda Cherif, 2009. "Tourism Specialization and Economic Development; Evidence from the UNESCO World Heritage List," IMF Working Papers 09/176, International Monetary Fund.
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    1. Aldo Buzio & Alessio Re, 2012. "Cultural Commons and New Concepts in UNESCO World Heritage Sites Recognition and Management," Chapters,in: Cultural Commons, chapter 9 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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