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Tourism and local growth in Italy

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  • Emanuele Ciani

    (Bank of Italy)

  • Raffaello Bronzini

    (Bank of Italy)

  • Francesco Montaruli

    (Bank of Italy)

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Economic theory and the empirical literature are not conclusive on the relationship between tourism and economic growth. In this paper we estimate the impact of foreign tourists’ spending on value added per capita growth in the Italian provinces, using various econometric strategies. The overall results show that the effect is positive and statistically significant, but modest in economic terms. The impact is larger for the less developed provinces, and null for those that showed the highest tourist revenues per inhabitant at the beginning of the period, suggesting that congestion phenomena may occur.

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  • Emanuele Ciani & Raffaello Bronzini & Francesco Montaruli, 2019. "Tourism and local growth in Italy," Questioni di Economia e Finanza (Occasional Papers) 509, Bank of Italy, Economic Research and International Relations Area.
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    Keywords

    tourism; economic growth; tourism expenditure; beach disease; dynamic panel data; instrumental variables;
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    JEL classification:

    • R00 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General - - - General
    • R10 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - General
    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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