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Do travel visa requirements impede tourist travel?

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  • Robert A. Lawson

    () (Southern Methodist University)

  • Saurav Roychoudhury

    (Capital University)

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Abstract Yes. Using a travel visa data set developed by Lawson and Lemke (2012) and travel flow data from the World Bank and the UN’s World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), we investigate the deterrent effect of travel visa requirements on travel flows. At the aggregate level, a one standard deviation more severe travel visa regime, as measured, is associated with a 30 % decrease in inbound travel. At the bilateral level, having a travel visa requirement on a particular country is associated with a 70 % reduction in inbound travel from that country. The gains associated with eliminating travel visas appear to be very large.

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  • Robert A. Lawson & Saurav Roychoudhury, 2016. "Do travel visa requirements impede tourist travel?," Journal of Economics and Finance, Springer;Academy of Economics and Finance, vol. 40(4), pages 817-828, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:spr:jecfin:v:40:y:2016:i:4:d:10.1007_s12197-015-9343-5
    DOI: 10.1007/s12197-015-9343-5
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    1. Clemens, Michael & Pritchett, Lant, 2016. "The New Case for Migration Restrictions: An Assessment," Working Paper Series rwp16-054, Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
    2. Clemens, Michael A. & Pritchett, Lant, 2016. "The New Economic Case for Migration Restrictions: An Assessment," IZA Discussion Papers 9730, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
    3. Tsuyoshi Goto & Nobuo Akai, 2017. "Benefit and Cost of Visa relaxation -Empirical Analysis on the Impact of Visa waiver-," Discussion Papers in Economics and Business 17-10, Osaka University, Graduate School of Economics and Osaka School of International Public Policy (OSIPP).

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    Keywords

    Travel visas; Tourism; Travel; Globalization; Economic freedom;

    JEL classification:

    • F22 - International Economics - - International Factor Movements and International Business - - - International Migration
    • F52 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - National Security; Economic Nationalism
    • F68 - International Economics - - Economic Impacts of Globalization - - - Policy
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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