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Tourism, Welfare and De-industrialization in a Small Open Economy

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This paper investigates the effects of an expansion of tourism on welfare, output, and factor prices in the host country using a general equilibrium international trade model. In the absence of taxes, foreign ownership, and distortions, an increase in foreign visitors will increase welfare only if the price of nontradables increases. Factor mobility and foreign ownership tend to reduce the gains from tourism, while commodity taxes tend to increase them. Conditions under which an increase in tourism can lead to deindustrialization are also discussed. Copyright 1991 by The London School of Economics and Political Science.

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  • Copeland, Brian R, 1991. "Tourism, Welfare and De-industrialization in a Small Open Economy," Economica, London School of Economics and Political Science, vol. 58(232), pages 515-529, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:econom:v:58:y:1991:i:232:p:515-29
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