Spring 2018

Economics of Heritage

Fall 2017
Subject Area: 
Course Number: 
ANTH 598 640
Thursday 5:30pm-8:30pm

Gould, Peter

Primary Program: 
Master of Liberal Arts
Course Description: 

Largely through heritage tourism, archaeological sites, historical structures, museums and heritage performances are playing important roles in economic activity in most countries, and particularly those emerging from poverty. Nonetheless, governmental resources available to support archaeological and heritage sites, museums and research programs are in decline worldwide, while commercial and economic development initiatives are threatening the archaeological record, heritage resources, and historical landscapes to ever greater degrees. As a consequence, the competition for financial resources to protect and preserve heritage is intensifying, as is the challenge of articulating the value of heritage resources and the need for heritage practitioners to understand and utilize the tools of economics to pursue their objectives. This course provides students with a foundational understanding of the application of the theory and practice of economic analysis as it relates to cultural heritage, whether in advanced or developing economies or in rural or urban settings. The course will enable archaeologists and practitioners in heritage-related fields to become well-informed and critical consumers of economic analysis. Although theoretical, mathematical and statistical techniques employed in economics will be introduced, an extensive background in mathematics or economics is not required. Copies of all readings for each class session will be made available electronically at the start of the course.