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Methods for the Economic Valuation of Urban Heritage : a Sustainability -based Approach

Michel Vernières (coord.), Valéry Patin, Christine Mengin, Vincent Geronimi, Laurent Dalmas, Jean-François Noël, Jessy Tsang King Sang
Editeur : Agence française de développement
Collection : A savoir (n° 13)
ISSN : 2105-553X
189 pages

le 15 octobre 2012

octobre 2012
Today, development actors see urban heritage as a resource for their territory, which is why they need to define its economic value. This evaluation is a delicate exercise as such patrimony is generally a complex reality, consisting of four interdependent economic, cultural, social and environmental dimensions.
The methodology for evaluating the economic potential of such heritage as proposed here involves four analytical steps. The first step, identification of the patrimony, cannot be based on an economic approach alone, but combines this with historical and sociological inquiries. Evaluating the services rendered by an urban heritage is the second step. The third step is the pivotal one of the proposed methodology: based on the idea of sustainability — borrowed from environmental economics — investment flows are compared with degradation of the urban heritage. As a fourth step, we introduce threshold effects and the risk of non-sustainability into the analysis. A sustainability grid provides the reader with a visual summary of these four steps in a single diagram.

This book is the result of a study for the Agence française de développement, the French Development Agency, conducted in 2010-2011. It is the translation of the French text called Méthodologies d'évaluation économique du patrimoine urbain : une approche par la soutenabilité.

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Informations complémentaires
Michel Vernières is emeritus Professor in economics at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and associate researcher at the Centre d'économie de la Sorbonne.
Valéry Patin is an expert-consultant with the World Bank and UNESCO, expert member of the ICOMOS.
Christine Mengin is Associate Professor in the History of Architecture at the University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and member of the EIREST.
Laurent Dalmas is Associate Professor in Economics at the IUT of Vélizy of the University of Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines and member of the Cemotev.
Vincent Geronimi is associate professor in Economics at the Social Sciences Department of the University of Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines and member of the Cemotev.
Jean-François Noël is Professor (retired), scientific collaborator and member du Cemotev.
Jessy Tsang King Sang is a researcher at the University of Versailles St-Quentin-en-Yvelines and member of the Cemotev.