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How important is tourism for the international transmission of cyclical fluctuations? Evidence from the Mediterranean

  • Canova, Fabio
  • Dallari, Pietro

We quantify the importance of the tourism channel for the international transmission of cyclical fluctuations to the Mediterranean basin. We use five destination countries and a number of source countries to provide broad evidence on the link. Source country output shocks produce important fluctuations in international tourism flows. Absent the tourism channel, the output effects in a typical destination country would be reduced by about one-fourth. Imported shocks account for an important portion of the fluctuations in destination countries variables. Policy prescriptions are discussed. JEL Classification: E32, C32

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Paper provided by European Central Bank in its series Working Paper Series with number 1553.

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