nep-cul New Economics Papers
on Cultural Economics
Issue of 2019‒05‒13
one paper chosen by
Roberto Zanola
Università degli Studi del Piemonte Orientale

  1. Kalòs kai agathòs? Government quality and cultural heritage in the regions of Europe By Enrico Bertacchini; Federico Revelli

  1. By: Enrico Bertacchini; Federico Revelli
    Abstract: This paper uses panel data on over 200 regions of Europe to study the spatial distribution of UNESCO sites and the capacity of regional governments to conserve heritage, using new designations in the World Heritage List as a proxy. We test whether the location of a region matters by controlling for the stock of World Heritage in the surrounding regions, and if low regional government quality is an obstacle to inclusion of sites into the List. We find some evidence of within-country regional competition for inscription, and of a positive impact of government quality on the chances of having a UNESCO designation.
    Keywords: UNESCO World Heritage, quality of government, regions of Europe, spatial analysis
    JEL: C23 R10
    Date: 2019

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