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The Effect of Tourism on Local Government Spending in Missouri, 1992


  • Donald Carter

    (Southeast Missouri State University)

  • Katherine Frick

    (Southeast Missouri State University)

  • Diane Primont

    (Southeast Missouri State University)

  • Bruce Domazlicky

    (Southeast Missouri State University)


The common view of tourism is that it brings a region mostly benefits with few additional costs. However, as Wong (1996) points out, increased tourism in a region frequently means increased governmental costs for such items as highways, police and fire protection, perhaps parks and recreation. Following Wong, we investigate the relationship between tourism in Missouri counties and local government expenditures. In contrast to Wong, we find no evidence of a positive relationship between tourism spending and local government expenditures in a county.

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  • Donald Carter & Katherine Frick & Diane Primont & Bruce Domazlicky, 2000. "The Effect of Tourism on Local Government Spending in Missouri, 1992," Journal of Economic Insight, Missouri Valley Economic Association, vol. 26(1), pages 1-13.
  • Handle: RePEc:mve:journl:v:26:y:2000:i:1:p:1-13

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    JEL classification:

    • H7 - Public Economics - - State and Local Government; Intergovernmental Relations
    • R5 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - Regional Government Analysis


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