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Can foreign lobbying enhance development ? The case of tourism in the Caribbean

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  • Gawande, Kishore
  • Maloney, William
  • Rojas, Gabriel V. Montes

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There exist legal channels for informational lobbying of U.S. policymakers by foreign principals. Foreign governments and private sector principals frequently and intensively use this institutional channel to lobby on trade and tourism issues. The authors empirically study whether such lobbying effectively achieves its goal of trade promotion in the context of Caribbean tourism and it is the first paper to examine the potential for using foreign lobbying as a vehicle for development. They use panel data to explore and quantify the association between foreign lobbying by Caribbean principals and U.S. tourist arrivals to Caribbean destinations. A variety of sensitivity analyses support the finding of a strong association. The policy implications are obvious and potentially important for developing countries.

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Paper provided by The World Bank in its series Policy Research Working Paper Series with number 4275.

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Date of creation: 01 Jul 2007
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Handle: RePEc:wbk:wbrwps:4275

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Keywords: Tourism and Ecotourism; Economic Theory&Research; Accommodation&Tourism Industry; Political Systems and Analysis; Politics and Government;

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  1. Aidt, T.S. & Hwang, U., 2008. "One Cheer for Foreign Lobbying," Cambridge Working Papers in Economics 0860, Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge.

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