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Does tourism influence economic growth? A dynamic panel data approach

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  • Tiago Neves Sequeira
  • Paulo Macas Nunes

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On average, tourism-specialized countries grow more than others. This is not consistent with the core of modern economic growth theory that suggests that economic growth is linked to sectors with high-tech intensity and large scale. In this article, we use appropriate panel data methods to study the relationship between tourism and economic growth. In general, we show that tourism is a positive determinant of economic growth both in a broad sample of countries and in a sample of poor countries. However, contrary to previous contributions, tourism is not more relevant in small countries than in a general sample.

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  • Tiago Neves Sequeira & Paulo Macas Nunes, 2008. "Does tourism influence economic growth? A dynamic panel data approach," Applied Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 40(18), pages 2431-2441.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:applec:v:40:y:2008:i:18:p:2431-2441
    DOI: 10.1080/00036840600949520
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