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A Tourism Financial Conditions Index

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  • Chang, C-L.
  • Hsu, H-K.
  • McAleer, M.J.

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__Abstract__ The paper uses monthly data on financial stock index returns, tourism stock sub-index returns, effective exchange rate returns and interest rate differences from April 2005 – August 2013 for Taiwan that applies Chang’s (2014) novel approach for constructing a tourism financial indicator, namely the Tourism Financial Conditions Index (TFCI). The TFCI is an adaptation and extension of the widely-used Monetary Conditions Index (MCI) and Financial Conditions Index (FCI) to tourism stock data. However, the method of calculation of the TFCI is different from existing methods of constructing the MCI and FCI in that the weights are estimated empirically. The empirical findings show that TFCI is estimated quite accurately using the estimated conditional mean of the tourism stock index returns. The new TFCI is straightforward to use and interpret, and provides interesting insights in predicting the current economic and financial environment for tourism stock index returns that are based on publicly available information. In particular, the use of market returns on the tourism stock index as the sole indicator of the tourism sector, as compared with the general activity of economic variables on tourism stocks, is shown to provide an exaggerated and excessively volatile explanation of tourism financial conditions.

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  • Chang, C-L. & Hsu, H-K. & McAleer, M.J., 2014. "A Tourism Financial Conditions Index," Econometric Institute Research Papers EI2014-11, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Erasmus School of Economics (ESE), Econometric Institute.
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    1. Chang, Chia-Lin, 2015. "Modelling a latent daily Tourism Financial Conditions Index," International Review of Economics & Finance, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 113-126.
    2. Chia-Lin Chang & Michael McAleer & Chien-Hsun Wang, 2017. "An Econometric Analysis of ETF and ETF Futures in Financial and Energy Markets Using Generated Regressors," International Journal of Financial Studies, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 6(1), pages 1-24, December.
    3. repec:gam:jecomi:v:5:y:2017:i:4:p:51-:d:123300 is not listed on IDEAS

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    Keywords

    Monetary Conditions Index; Financial Conditions Index; model-based tourism; unbiased estimation;

    JEL classification:

    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • E44 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Financial Markets and the Macroeconomy
    • E47 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Money and Interest Rates - - - Forecasting and Simulation: Models and Applications
    • G32 - Financial Economics - - Corporate Finance and Governance - - - Financing Policy; Financial Risk and Risk Management; Capital and Ownership Structure; Value of Firms; Goodwill

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