Foreign Informational Lobbying can Enhance Tourism: Evidence from the Caribbean

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Kishore Gawande

University of Texas at Austin

William F. Maloney

World Bank - Poverty and Economic Management Unit; IZA Institute of Labor Economics; World Bank - Development Research Group (DECRG)

Gabriel V. Montes Rojas

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Date Written: February 1, 2009

Abstract

There exist legal channels for informational lobbying of U.S. policymakers by foreign principals. Foreign governments and private sector principals frequently and intensively use this institutional channel to lobby on trade and tourism issues. This paper empirically studies whether such lobbying effectively achieves its goal of trade promotion in the context of Caribbean tourism, and suggests the potential for using foreign lobbying as a vehicle for development. Panel data are used to explore and quantify the association between foreign lobbying by Caribbean principals and U.S. tourist arrivals to Caribbean destinations. A variety of sensitivity analyses support the finding of a strong association. The policy implications are obvious and potentially important for developing countries.

Keywords: Trade Policy, Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures, Tourism and Ecotourism, Debt Markets, Economic Theory & Research

Suggested Citation

Gawande, Kishore and Maloney, William F. and Montes Rojas, Gabriel V., Foreign Informational Lobbying can Enhance Tourism: Evidence from the Caribbean (February 1, 2009). World Bank Policy Research Working Paper Series, Vol. , pp. -, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1344719

Kishore Gawande (Contact Author)

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William F. Maloney

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Gabriel V. Montes Rojas

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign ( email )

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