Does UNESCO Inscription Affect the Performance of Tourism Destinations? A Regional Perspective

42 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2013

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Tiziana Cuccia

University of Catania - Department of Economics and Business

Calogero Guccio

University of Catania - Department of Economics and Business

Ilde Rizzo

University of Catania - Department of Economics and Business

Date Written: February 27, 2013

Abstract

This paper lies in the intersection of two strands of economic literature, one analysing the features of tourism supply and the other investigating the role of UNESCO World Heritage List (WHL) in the enhancement of local development. The paper aims at evaluating the performance of tourism destinations, using the Data Envelopment Analysis (DEA) two-stage approach. The empirical analysis is carried out for 21 Italian regions and autonomous provinces in the period 1995-2010 and results show that, controlling for several factors, the presence of UNESCO sites is negatively correlated to the technical efficiency of tourist destinations. Some explanations are offered.

Keywords: Cultural Heritage, Tourism, Non-Parametric Methods

JEL Classification: Z10, L83, O18, D24

Suggested Citation

Cuccia, Tiziana and Guccio, Calogero and Rizzo, Ilde, Does UNESCO Inscription Affect the Performance of Tourism Destinations? A Regional Perspective (February 27, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2225771 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2225771

Tiziana Cuccia (Contact Author)

University of Catania - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

Catania, 55
Italy

Calogero Guccio

University of Catania - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

Corso Italia 55
Catania, 95129
Italy

Ilde Rizzo

University of Catania - Department of Economics and Business ( email )

Corso Italia 55
Catania, 95129
Italy

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