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Variability in overseas travel by Americans, 1820–2000

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  • Brandon Dupont

    () (Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA, USA)

  • Thomas Weiss

    (University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA & NBER, Cambridge, MA, USA)

Abstract

There were substantial fluctuations in the number of American overseas travelers, especially before World War Two. These fluctuations in travel around the long-term upward trend are the focus of this paper. We first identify those fluctuations in the data and then try to explain the patterns. We show that, despite the impact of a myriad of episodic events, fluctuations in travel can be explained to a large extent by changes in the direct price of travel, changes in per capita GDP and wealth in the United States, and by periods of armed conflict.

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  • Brandon Dupont & Thomas Weiss, 2013. "Variability in overseas travel by Americans, 1820–2000," Cliometrica, Journal of Historical Economics and Econometric History, Association Française de Cliométrie (AFC), vol. 7(3), pages 319-339, September.
  • Handle: RePEc:afc:cliome:v:7:y:2013:i:3:p:319-339
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    1. repec:eme:rehizz:s0363-326820170000033002 is not listed on IDEAS
    2. Brandon Dupont & Drew Keeling & Thomas Weiss, 2017. "First Cabin Fares from New York to the British Isles, 1826–1914," Research in Economic History,in: Research in Economic History, volume 33, pages 19-63 Emerald Publishing Ltd.

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    Keywords

    Overseas travel; Tourism; Transportation; International trade Migration;

    JEL classification:

    • N7 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services
    • N71 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - U.S.; Canada: Pre-1913
    • N72 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - U.S.; Canada: 1913-
    • N73 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Europe: Pre-1913
    • N74 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Europe: 1913-

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