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Measuring the Impact of Tourism Upon Urban Economies: A Review of Literature

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  • Ugo Gasparino

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

  • Elena Bellini

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

  • Barbara Del Corpo

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

  • William Malizia

    (Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei)

Abstract

Tourism is increasingly seen as a potential lever towards high economic growth, measured both in terms of income and employment. In recent years, interest in tourism has spread rapidly throughout many small and medium European cities, which previously have not considered themselves as tourist destinations. This paper reviews and summarises the existing literature on the economic assessment of tourism with the objectives of, firstly, identifying the main categories of impacts and, secondly, constructing an inventory of methodologies available to assess them. We will progress step by step, starting from the most simplistic approaches and relaxing assumptions as we proceed. Firstly, we assume a static setting, with spare capacity. In such a setting (partial equilibrium), prices do not respond to demand shocks: only quantities (production, income and jobs) adjust. Secondly, we relax this assumption and assume that there is no spare capacity: prices respond to increasing demand (general equilibrium), leading to reallocation of resources across sectors. We then move from a static to a dynamic setting and survey those contributions that look at the relationship between tourism specialisation and long-run growth.

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  • Ugo Gasparino & Elena Bellini & Barbara Del Corpo & William Malizia, 2008. "Measuring the Impact of Tourism Upon Urban Economies: A Review of Literature," Working Papers 2008.52, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
  • Handle: RePEc:fem:femwpa:2008.52
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    2. Alexander Otgaar & Jeroen Klijs, 2011. "How to measure the regional impact of industrial tourism?," ERSA conference papers ersa10p947, European Regional Science Association.
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    Keywords

    Tourism; Economic Impacts; Input-Output Analysis; General and Partial Equilibrium Analaysis;

    JEL classification:

    • B41 - Schools of Economic Thought and Methodology - - Economic Methodology - - - Economic Methodology
    • C67 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Input-Output Models
    • C68 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Mathematical Methods; Programming Models; Mathematical and Simulation Modeling - - - Computable General Equilibrium Models
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism

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