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Repeat tourism in Uruguay: modelling truncated distributions of count data


  • Brida, Juan Gabriel
  • Pereira, Juan Sebastián
  • Scuderi, Raffaele


This paper studies the determinants of repeat visiting in Uruguay, where loyal visitors are a relevant part of the total. From a statistical point of view the number of times a visitor has been to a place constitutes count data. In this regard available information on Uruguay present relevant limitations. Count data is in fact reported only for those who visited the country up to five times, whereas records about the most frequent visitors are collapsed into one residual category. This implies that the classic models for count data such as Poisson or negative binomial cannot be put into consideration. The paper suggest instead the use of a quantile count data regression, that is a model based on measures of location rather than mean values. A set of explanatory variables related to socioeconomic characteristics, features of the journey and composition of the travel party are considered.

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  • Brida, Juan Gabriel & Pereira, Juan Sebastián & Scuderi, Raffaele, 2012. "Repeat tourism in Uruguay: modelling truncated distributions of count data," MPRA Paper 37140, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:37140

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    1. Abbruzzo, Antonino & Brida, Juan Gabriel & Scuderi, Raffaele, 2014. "Determinants of individual tourist expenditure as a network: Empirical findings from Uruguay," Tourism Management, Elsevier, vol. 43(C), pages 36-45.
    2. Juan Brida & Marta Disegna & Raffaele Scuderi, 2014. "The behaviour of repeat visitors to museums: review and empirical findings," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 48(5), pages 2817-2840, September.

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    Repeat tourism; Uruguay; Quantile Regression; Count Data;

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    • N76 - Economic History - - Economic History: Transport, International and Domestic Trade, Energy, and Other Services - - - Latin America; Caribbean
    • L83 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Sports; Gambling; Restaurants; Recreation; Tourism
    • C21 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Cross-Sectional Models; Spatial Models; Treatment Effect Models

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