nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2019‒02‒25
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. From overtourism to sustainability: A research agenda for qualitative tourism development in the Adriatic By Benner, Maximilian
  2. Spatial dependence in museum services: An analysis of the Italian case By Cellini, Roberto; Cuccia, Tiziana; Lisi, Domenico

  1. By: Benner, Maximilian
    Abstract: This paper discusses the nexus between economically-driven tourism development and broader societal aspects of social, cultural and ecological sustainability. The paper argues that similar to the discussion on the limits to growth in industrial development that started in the 1970s, the currently debated phenomenon of overtourism calls for a parallel discussion in tourism development. Similar to the argument that industrial development needs to be driven by qualitative, not quantitative growth, tourism development has to reorient itself away from the goal of ever-increasing tourist arrivals towards broader objectives of socially, culturally and ecologically sustainable qualitative growth. This argument leads to two policy implications. First, policymakers should consider which forms of tourism to encourage and which ones to discourage. Second, tourism policy should set incentives and disincentives accordingly. Institutional approaches from human geography can serve to analyze the prospects of these incentives and disincentives, and insights from behavioral economics such as the nudging approach can serve to shape policies accordingly. The paper takes the cases of two cities on the Adriatic sea, Venice and Dubrovnik, as examples.
    Keywords: tourism development, overtourism, qualitative growth, institutions, behavioral economics, Venice, Dubrovnik
    JEL: L83 Q56
    Date: 2019–02–15
  2. By: Cellini, Roberto; Cuccia, Tiziana; Lisi, Domenico
    Abstract: In this paper we investigate whether the services offered by museums are affected by the choices of neighbors, and we discuss whether the evidence can document that competition processes are at work. Specifically, we take into account the Italian case, where governmental and private museums co-exist. Resorting to Spatial Autoregressive Models, we show that a significant influence of neighbors’ choice concerning service supply does emerge. However, we cast several doubts that this piece of evidence can be solely due to sound competition among museums.
    Keywords: Museum; Services; Competition; Spatial dependence; Italy
    JEL: C21 L33 L83 Z10
    Date: 2019–02–09

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