Biodiversity, International Tourism and development
AbstractWe analyze whether biodiversity is increasing the receipts of tourism and beneficial for Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The underlying assumption is that a rich biodiversity provides a comparative advantage for most LDCs. We use a simple trade theory framework. The model is supported by an empirical analysis. The main findings are that first LDCs seem to have a comparative advantage in (sustainable) tourism, that second incidence of birds as the probably best explored taxonomic group has a positive impact on inbound tourism receipts per capita, and that third the rate of endangered to total birds is negatively influencing tourism receipts.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics in its series Jena Economic Research Papers with number 2007-012.
Date of creation: 01 May 2007
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tourism; economic growth; biodiversity conservation;
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- F18 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Environment
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- NEP-ALL-2007-05-12 (All new papers)
- NEP-ENV-2007-05-12 (Environmental Economics)
- NEP-TUR-2007-05-12 (Tourism Economics)
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- Andreas Freytag & Christoph Vietze, 2010. "Can nature promote development? The role of sustainable tourism for economic growth," Jena Economic Research Papers 2010-008, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Max-Planck-Institute of Economics.
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