Are World Heritage Sites being created for the protection of their cultural heritage or are they being created to meet short term political and economic goals? This study explores the politics behind World Heritage Site inscription and the subsequent increase in personal tourism arrivals by utilizing political theory, economic theory, and regression analysis. The political theory discusses the political economy of World Heritage Site nomination through the theories of International Political Economy, balance of power, and multilateralism. The economic theory explores the economic effects of a World Heritage Site through externalities and supply demand shifts. Lastly, the regression analysis evaluates the impact of World Heritage Sites on personal tourism arrivals and personal tourism expenditure using panel data with a sample of 58 states from 2011-2015. My findings suggest UNESCO World Heritage Sites do not significantly affect personal tourism expenditure, but do significantly increase personal tourism arrivals.


Moledina, Amyaz


Global and International Studies


Economics | International Relations

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis

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