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Investment in Infrastructure and Effects of Tourism Boom


  • Akihiko Yanase


This paper develops a dynamic trade model of a small open economy with productivity effects of public infrastructure and inbound tourism (i.e. foreign visitors' consumption of nontradable goods produced in the home country). It is shown that the economy either specializes in the production of the nontradable good or diversifies production. In the case of specialization, a tourism boom, i.e. an increase in the foreign tourists' demand for the nontradable good, makes the economy better off. In the case of diversified production, by contrast, a tourism boom induces a deterioration in the terms of trade and the economy may be worse off.

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  • Akihiko Yanase, 2015. "Investment in Infrastructure and Effects of Tourism Boom," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 23(2), pages 425-443, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:reviec:v:23:y:2015:i:2:p:425-443

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    1. Akihiko Yanase, 2017. "Policy Reform and Optimal Policy Mix in a Polluted Small Open Economy with Tourism," Review of International Economics, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 25(3), pages 607-625, August.

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