Biodiversity, International Tourism and Development

25 Pages Posted: 5 Oct 2007

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Andreas Freytag

University of Jena - Department of Economics

Christoph Vietze

University of Jena

Date Written: May 2007

Abstract

We analyze whether biodiversity is increasing the receipts of tourism and beneficial for Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The underlying assumption is that a rich biodiversity provides a comparative advantage for most LDCs. We use a simple trade theory framework. The model is supported by an empirical analysis. The main findings are that first LDCs seem to have a comparative advantage in (sustainable) tourism, that second incidence of birds as the probably best explored taxonomic group has a positive impact on inbound tourism receipts per capita, and that third the rate of endangered to total birds is negatively influencing tourism receipts.

Keywords: tourism, economic growth, biodiversity conservation

JEL Classification: F18, Q26

Suggested Citation

Freytag, Andreas and Vietze, Christoph, Biodiversity, International Tourism and Development (May 2007). Jena Economic Research Paper No. 2007-012, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1019221 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1019221

Andreas Freytag (Contact Author)

University of Jena - Department of Economics ( email )

Carl-Zeiss-Str. 3
07743 Jena
Germany

Christoph Vietze

University of Jena ( email )

Furstengraben 1
Jena, Thuringa 07743
Germany

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