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The effect of tourism activity on housing affordability


  • Mikulić, Josip
  • Vizek, Maruška
  • Stojčić, Nebojša
  • Payne, James E.
  • Čeh Časni, Anita
  • Barbić, Tajana


Although researchers have confirmed the impact of tourism on housing prices in many destinations affected with overtourism, they do not consider housing affordability in relation to the population's income levels. This study explores the relationship between tourism activity and housing affordability, using a sample of Croatian municipalities. Specifically, the study investigates how tourist accommodation, concentration, seasonality and overall vulnerability to tourism influence housing affordability in this emerging tourism-driven European country. The results obtained reveal tourism intensification's deteriorating effect on local residents' abilities to afford housing. The findings indicate a particularly strong tourism seasonality impact, suggesting the presence of common negative externalities, such as employment fluctuations, difficulties in maintaining economic status, and revenue instabilities, in localities prone to seasonal tourism fluctuations.

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  • Mikulić, Josip & Vizek, Maruška & Stojčić, Nebojša & Payne, James E. & Čeh Časni, Anita & Barbić, Tajana, 2021. "The effect of tourism activity on housing affordability," Annals of Tourism Research, Elsevier, vol. 90(C).
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:anture:v:90:y:2021:i:c:s0160738321001420
    DOI: 10.1016/j.annals.2021.103264

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    Tourism intensity; Housing affordability; Dynamic panel model; Croatia;
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    JEL classification:

    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • R2 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Household Analysis
    • R31 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Real Estate Markets, Spatial Production Analysis, and Firm Location - - - Housing Supply and Markets


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