nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2008‒10‒28
four papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. Tourism, Economic Expansion and Poverty in Nicaragua: Investigating Cointegration and Causal Relations By Vanegas, Manuel; Croes, Robertico
  2. The Preferences of Trieste Inhabitants for the Re-use of the Old Port: A Conjoint Choice Experiment By Jérôme Massiani; Paolo Rosato
  3. Domestic resources, governance, global links, and the economic performance of Sub-Saharan Africa By Amavilah, Voxi Heinrich
  4. International Expansion as Corporate Strategy: A Case Study of Hotel Industry in Iberoamérica. By Gómez Selemeneva, D; Ortigueira, Luis C.

  1. By: Vanegas, Manuel; Croes, Robertico
    Abstract: Replaced with revised version of paper 09/10/07.
    Keywords: Food Security and Poverty, International Development,
    Date: 2008–02–26
  2. By: Jérôme Massiani (University of Trieste); Paolo Rosato (University of Trieste)
    Abstract: In many developed countries, abandoned (derelict or underused) industrial areas often occupy important parts of the cities. This raises issues about the possibilities of reusing these areas as well as on the conservation of industrial heritage they often entail. Conjoint Analysis (CA) can shed light on these issues as it can elicit the preferences of inhabitants for different scenarios of reuse. So far, only a limited number of applications of CA have been made on this topic. In this article, we present the results of a CA experiment on the reuse of a large, mainly abandoned, port area in Trieste (Italy) featuring buildings with some historical and industrial heritage value. Three hundred computer assisted interviews have been made on a representative sample of Trieste inhabitants, eliciting their preferences for different reuse hypotheses and building conservation scenarios. The survey explores two original topics: the impact of the time horizon of the payment (single or decennial special purpose tax) and the consideration of various mixes of future uses. The collected data have been processed using latent class and mixed logit models to explore heterogeneity among interviewees' preferences. Our findings show that, while preferences clearly emerge in favor of tourism and leisure oriented uses, preferences in terms of conservation and the impact of cost are much more difficult to measure. This difficulty persists even when specified or non specified heterogeneity is taken into account, although Mixed Logit estimate provides more convincing results.
    Keywords: Land Use, Port, Trieste, Conjoint Analysis
    JEL: H43 R52 R10
    Date: 2008–09
  3. By: Amavilah, Voxi Heinrich
    Abstract: This paper uses a simple production function to show that the economic performance of a group of African countries in 2007 depended on three broad sources: domestic resources, governance, and global links. The results reveal that investment plays the most important part. The effects of education (knowledge) as a component of human capital is modest, while the health (life expectancy) part of human capital is negative. At the aggregate level external relations, measured as openness, are positively correlated with per capita income. However, disaggregated as integration, aid dependency, and net tourism, all three global links have a negative effect on performance. Also, two indicators of institutional quality (governance) show that average improvement in the quality of institutions has helped economic performance. Considering different dimensions of institutions, the rule of law, and safety and security of property rights are the most constraining aspects of institutions in this group of countries. The findings leave enough room technical for fine-tuning and sophisticated estimators, which cautions interpretation. However, it seems clear that developing countries do better improving domestic resources and institutions than relying for performance on external relations, even though such links cannot be dismissed lightly.
    Keywords: resources; factors and forces of production; governance; institutional quality; perfomance Afican countries
    JEL: F35 O55 O47 O43 C21
    Date: 2008–10–18
  4. By: Gómez Selemeneva, D; Ortigueira, Luis C.
    Abstract: The present paper is based on a case study: the Ibero-American hotel Industry and their evolution inside the process of international expansion. Through economic, sequential and strategic approaches that study the internationalization phenomenon , a theoretical-empiric analysis of strategies and entrance modalities is carried out. Being obtained a tendency toward strategic alliances through administration contracts and franchising.
    Keywords: Eclectic theory; Transaction Cost Theory; Internationalization; Hotel Sector
    JEL: D23 L8
    Date: 2007–08–10

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