Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/77501
Authors: 
Frey, Bruno S.
Pamini, Paolo
Steiner, Lasse
Year of Publication: 
2010
Series/Report no.: 
Working Paper Series, Department of Economics, University of Zurich 1
Abstract: 
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.
Subjects: 
global public goods
world heritage
international organizations
international political economy
culture
JEL: 
Z11
F5
H87
Persistent Identifier of the first edition: 
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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