nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2006‒09‒16
two papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
Universita di Bologna

  1. The Revenue Impacts of Cross-border Sales and Tourism: Wine and Liquor Taxation By Todd M. Nesbit
  2. Consumption amenities and city crowdedness By Jordan Rappaport

  1. By: Todd M. Nesbit (Department of Economics, West Virginia University)
    Abstract: As tax rates have risen through time, voter dislike of increased taxation has strengthened, leaving some states in a budget crunch. If policy-makers are to keep pace with the growing demand for public services, they must find ways to export tax burdens outside of the district. Taking advantage of cross-border shopping and tourism are two such ways to export tax burdens. This paper attempts to measure the revenue impacts of cross-border shopping and tourist purchases of wine and liquor in West Virginia. I find that cross-border shopping and tourism exert significant impacts on tax revenues from wine and liquor sales.
    Date: 2005
  2. By: Jordan Rappaport
    Abstract: Crowdedness varies widely among U.S. cities. A simple, static general equilibrium model suggests that plausible differences in metro areas’ consumption amenities can account for much of the observed variation. Under a baseline calibration, differences in amenities valued at 30 percent of average consumption expenditures suffice to support a twenty-fold difference in population density. Empirical results confirm that amenities help support crowdedness and suggest that they are becoming a more important determinant of where people choose to live. But for the moment, local productivity appears to be the more important cause of local crowdedness.
    Date: 2006

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