nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2016‒06‒18
three papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Determinants of inbound tourists in Cambodia : a dynamic panel data approach By Tanaka, Kiyoyasu
  2. The Role of Food & Ag Tourism in the Western US By Bradshaw, Miranda; Curtis, Kynda; Bosworth, Ryan; Slocum, Susan
  3. Tourism and Economic Development: Evidence from Mexico's Coastline By Benjamin Faber; Cecile Gaubert

  1. By: Tanaka, Kiyoyasu
    Abstract: Understanding the determinants of tourism demand is crucial for the tourism sector. This paper develops a dynamic panel model to examine the determinants of inbound tourists to Siem Reap airport, Phnom Penh airport, and land and waterway borders in Cambodia. Consistent with the consumer theory of tourism consumption, a 10% increase in the origin country GDP per capita is predicted to increase the number of tourist visits to Siem Reap airport by 5.8%. A 10% increase in the real exchange rate between the origin country and Cambodia is predicted to decrease the number of tourist visits by 0.89%. In contrast, the number of foreign tourists in a previous period has little effect on the number of foreign tourists in the current period. Additionally, the determinants are different by the mode of entry to Cambodia.
    Keywords: Tourism, Consumers, Tourism demand, Tourism sector, Dynamic panel model, Cambodia
    JEL: C33 L83 Z32
    Date: 2016–06
  2. By: Bradshaw, Miranda; Curtis, Kynda; Bosworth, Ryan; Slocum, Susan
    Keywords: Agribusiness, Agricultural and Food Policy, Marketing,
    Date: 2016–02
  3. By: Benjamin Faber; Cecile Gaubert
    Abstract: Tourism is one of the most visible and fastest growing facets of globalization in developing countries. This paper combines a rich collection of Mexican microdata with a quantitative spatial equilibrium model and a new empirical strategy to learn about the long-run economic consequences of tourism. We begin by estimating a number of reduced-form effects on local economic outcomes in today's cross-section of Mexican municipalities. To base these estimates on plausibly exogenous variation in long-term tourism exposure, we exploit geological and oceanographic variation in beach quality along the Mexican coastline to construct instrumental variables. To guide the estimation of the aggregate implications of tourism, we then write down a spatial equilibrium model of trade in goods and tourism services, and use the reduced-form moments to inform its calibration for counterfactual analysis. We find that tourism causes large and significant local economic gains relative to less touristic regions, and that these gains are in part driven by significant positive spillovers on manufacturing production. In the aggregate, however, we find that these local spillovers are largely offset by reductions in agglomeration economies among less touristic regions, so that the national gains from tourism are mainly driven by a classical market integration effect.
    JEL: F15 F63 O24
    Date: 2016–06

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