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Cultural Heritage, Creativity and Economic Development

Silvia Cerisola, Post-Doc Researcher, Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering (ABC) Department, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
The book explores the relationship between cultural heritage and local economic development by introducing the original idea that one possible mediator between the two can be identified as creativity. The book econometrically verifies this idea and demonstrates that cultural heritage, through its inspirational role on different creative talents, generates an indirect positive effect on local economic development. These results justify important new policy recommendations in the field of cultural heritage.
Extent: 208 pp
Hardback Price: $115.00 Web: $103.50
Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78897 528 5
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  • Economics and Finance
  • Cultural Economics
  • Regional Economics
  • Geography
  • Heritage Studies
  • Urban and Regional Studies
  • Regional Economics
Exploring the relationship between cultural heritage and local economic development, this book introduces the original idea that one possible mediator between the two can be identified as creativity. Using a strong theoretical and empirical framework, Silvia Cerisola explores how cultural heritage, creativity and economic development are inextricably linked.

This book is a clear econometric demonstration of how cultural heritage, through its inspirational role on different creative talents, generates an indirect positive effect on local economic development. These positive results justify important new policy recommendations in the field of cultural heritage. Interpreting both creativity and cultural heritage in a novel way, the author offers a new reading of the long lasting debate on the topic, examining different perspectives and impacts on the welfare of the local community.

Regional science scholars will greatly appreciate the original conceptual framework and the empirical foundations of the book, as well as the thorough explanation of different approaches to the measurement of creativity. Policy-makers and stakeholders will also benefit from the case studies highlighting the importance of cultural heritage.
‘This book is one of the very first to explore a perspective too often forgotten in the debates on the value of cultural heritage. It deals with the support of cultural heritage for creativeness and helps us understand heritage as an asset for the future, and not merely as a footprint of the past. Moreover this book combines theoretical and statistical perspectives, which makes a seminal contribution for both practitioners and academics.’
– Xavier Greffe, University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, France

‘The invaluable effects of cultural heritage on society in terms of education, inspiration and identity are commonly acknowledged in the relevant literature, but have never been assessed in quantitative terms. This book does so in a rigorous and convincing way, through the role of another critical element, social creativity.’
– Roberto Camagni, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

‘By attributing to cultural heritage an inspirational and creative value, this book provides a fascinating new insight on its relationship with regional development. The book elegantly conceptualizes and empirically tests the role of creativity as a mediator between cultural heritage and local performance.’
– Roberta Capello, Politecnico di Milano, Italy and Past President of RSAI, Portugal



Contents: 1. Setting the scene 2. From cultural heritage to local development 3. Creativity: definitions and measures 4. A new conceptual framework for the definition and measurement of creativity 5. From cultural heritage to creativity 6. From creativity to socio-economic development 7. From cultural heritage to development through creativity 8. Conclusions and policy implications References Index