nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2015‒06‒05
three papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  2. A Quantitative Framework for Assessing Public Investment in Tourism- An Application to Haiti By Onil Banerjee; Martin Cicowiez
  3. Free Movement of Persons: The Mirage of Social Security Schemes By Roxana Sandu

  1. By: Predrag Vukovic, Drago Cvijanovic, Vojin Cvijanovic (Institute of Agricultural Economics, Belgrade)
    Abstract: Although Serbia has a generally high potential for the development of hunting tourism, they have not been fully realized adequately. In recent years, intensive talks about the "revival" of some hunting areas that were previously brought significant revenue to municipalities in which they are located. However, as one of the limiting factors for the development of hunting imposes a lack of funds for hunting infrastructure and revitalization of flora and fauna. Vrbas, municipality previously valorize its tourism potential, primarily through hunting, and then through other forms of tourism, which it evidently available to. However, during the nineties, tourism is found on the margins of the overall economic development, to the municipality, and the whole society. Today intention of municipality is that tourists, primarily foreign, again animate and return to this important tourist destination of Vojvodina. Important role in this process will play marketing approach with all tools promotional mix. The aim of this paper is to present resources to develop hunting tourism in the municipality of Vrbas and point out the strategic directions for its future development.
    Keywords: hunting, tourism, destination, infrastructure, income
    JEL: Q2 Q20
    Date: 2015–01
  2. By: Onil Banerjee (Infrastructure and Environment Sector - IDB); Martin Cicowiez (CEDLAS-UNLP)
    Abstract: This study develops a linked regional computable general equilibrium and micro-simulation (RCGE-MS) model to assess the regional economy-wide and poverty impacts of a US$36 million investment in tourism in the south of Haiti. The first social accounting matrix for Haiti with a base year of 2012/2013 was constructed to calibrate the model. This research addresses three key gaps identified in the tourism impact assessment literature. First, a destination-specific tourism demand and value chain analysis was used to calibrate the shocks implemented in the model. Second, the RCGE-MS approach moves beyond the representative household configuration to enable more robust analysis of tourism investment impacts on poverty and income inequality. Third, results of this modelling were used to inform a social cost-benefit analysis to provide greater transparency in the evaluation of trade-offs between investment alternatives. Considering the investment and projected tourism demand, results show a positive impact on sectoral activity, especially for the hotel and restaurant sector (182.1% in 2040). The investment leads to a 2.0% increase in Gross Regional Product in 2040 compared with the baseline. The South Department’s exports are 4.7% below baseline in 2040 and imports are 6.1% higher due to the inflow of foreign exchange and the consequent appreciation of the regional real exchange rate, increased demand for most goods and services, and limited regional productive capacity. The rate of unemployment falls, beginning at 26% in 2013 and ending at 23.4% by 2040. The investment helps lift some of the poorest in the Haiti’s South out of poverty, reducing the poverty headcount by 1.6 percentage points. Driving this result is an increase in employment, the average wage and non-labor income. The linked RCGE-MS approach proves to be a powerful tool for assessing how tourism investments affect regional economic activity and revealing the mechanisms through which tourism can contribute to increase employment opportunities and reduce poverty.
    Date: 2015–03
  3. By: Roxana Sandu (European Economic Studies Department, College of Europe)
    Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to address the issue of social security benefits that jobseekers, nationals of other Member State, residing in another Member States are in title to, as well as the economic implications of free movement of persons and labour market access. Consequently, it aims to disentangle between labour mobility welfare effects and “benefit tourism” looking in particular at the United Kingdom social security system and analysing the policy framework currently in place that governs the free movement of people across the European Union Member States.
    Keywords: Free Movement of Persons, Labour Mobility Welfare Effects, Social Security, Benefit Tourism
    JEL: H31 H55 H77 I31 J01 J15 J78
    Date: 2015–05

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