The landmark study ‘Cultural heritage counts for Europe’ (2015) shows that an estimated 300,000 people work directly in the cultural heritage sector in the European Union and as many as 7,8 million jobs are created indirectly by the sector. However, there is still a limited understanding of what economic benefits cultural heritage brings to regions and cities.
The ESPON working paper ‘Measuring economic impact of cultural heritage at territorial level’ is guided by the following questions:
How can the economic impact of cultural heritage be defined?
How can the economic impact of cultural heritage be measured?
How can the results of the economic impact of cultural heritage across territories be compared?
The working paper is mostly based on the results from the ESPON project ‘Material cultural heritage as a strategic territorial development resource’ (2020) and the ESPON project ‘The role and spatial effects of cultural heritage and identity’.