Handbook of Cultural Economics, Third Edition
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Handbook of Cultural Economics, Third Edition

Edited by Ruth Towse and Trilce Navarrete Hernández

Cultural economics has become well established as a subject of interest for students and teachers of courses ranging from economics to arts administration as well as for policy-makers and practitioners in the creative industries. Digitisation has had a tremendous impact on many areas of the creative economy and the third edition of this popular book fully reflects it.
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Chapter 31: Heritage

Françoise Benhamou


The scope of heritage evolves in time and space. It depends on experts on the one side, and on the relationship that societies maintain with their past on the other. The intentional destruction of monuments shows how they carry cultural identities and economic values. The economics of the built cultural heritage raises questions linked to value, prices and regulations. The value of real estate changes with labels. Digitisation transforms the conditions of access, while globalization (from mass tourism to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization lists) designs a collective concern for the future of historical monuments.

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