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The Relationship Between Health Care And Tourism Demand In Iranian Economy


  • Majid FESHARI

    (Assistant Professor of Economics, Kharazmi University (Corresponding Author))


    (Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Payame Noor University, Iran)


The relationship between health care and international tourism is one of the important issues in tourism literature. The main objective of this study is to investigate the correlation between health care and international tourism in the long-run and short-run by using a fully modified ordinary least square (FMOLS) and Toda-Yamamoto approach over the time period of 1971-2016. The empirical results of this study indicate that there is a long-run relationship between health care and tourism. Health care has a positive and significant effect on the tourists’ arrivals as a proxy for international tourism demand. Moreover in the short-run, the results suggest that there is unilateral causality from health care to international tourism. Hence, the main implication policy of the study is that policy makers should adopt policies to improving health care and attract more international tourists.

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  • Majid FESHARI & Hedayat HOSSEINZADEH, 2018. "The Relationship Between Health Care And Tourism Demand In Iranian Economy," Regional Science Inquiry, Hellenic Association of Regional Scientists, vol. 0(2), pages 173-180, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:hrs:journl:v:x:y:2018:i:2:p:173-180

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    Health Care; International Tourism; FMOLS; Toda and Yamamoto Approach;
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    JEL classification:

    • C22 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Time-Series Models; Dynamic Quantile Regressions; Dynamic Treatment Effect Models; Diffusion Processes
    • I10 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Health - - - General


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