World Heritage: Where Are We? An Empirical Analysis (2011)

A statistical analysis of the UNESCO World Heritage List is presented. The WorldHeritage Convention intends to protect global heritage of outstanding value to mankind, but there has been great concern about the missing representativity of the member countries. There is a strongly biased distribution of Sites according to a country’s population, area or per capita income. The paper reveals the facts but refrains from judging whether the existing distribution is appropriate or not. This task must be left to the discussion in the World Heritage Convention.

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Frey Bruno S., Pamini Paolo