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Tourism and Growth in a Cross-Section of Countries


  • Paolo Figini

    () (University of Bologna, Itlay and The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Rimini, Italy)

  • Laura Vici

    (University of Bologna, Itlay and The Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis, Rimini, Italy)


We provided an empirical assessment of the relationship between tourism specialisation and economic growth, by updating findings of previous papers written on this issue. We used data for more than 150 countries covering different time spans between 1980 and 2005. Contrary to previous findings (e.g., Brau et al., 2004 and 2007), tourism-based countries did not grow at a higher rate than non-tourism based countries, except for the 1980-1990 period for which, however, data on international tourism are not fully reliable.

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  • Paolo Figini & Laura Vici, 2009. "Tourism and Growth in a Cross-Section of Countries," Working Paper series 01_09, Rimini Centre for Economic Analysis.
  • Handle: RePEc:rim:rimwps:01_09

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    1. Juan Luis Eugenio-Martín & Noelia Martín Morales & Riccardo Scarpa, 2004. "Tourism and Economic Growth in Latin American Countries: A Panel Data Approach," Working Papers 2004.26, Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei.
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