Why are Tourism Countries Small and Fast-Growing?

10 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 1999

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Francesco Pigliaru

University of Cagliari and CRENoS

Alessandro Lanza

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan; CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici; Bocconi University - IEFE Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy

Date Written: January 1999

Abstract

International tourism is today one of the most important tradable sectors, with expenditure on tourist goods and services representing some 8% of total world export receipts and 5% of world GDP. Cross-country data for 1985-95 on tourism specialisation and economic growth reveal the following regularities: (i) many tourism countries have grown faster compared to the other countries; and (ii) they are small. We use a two-sector endogenous growth model to obtain explanatory hypotheses about these two findings. In particular, we define the conditions required for small countries to specialise in tourism and to enter the faster growth path. Our suggestion is that what matters is a country's relative endowment of the natural resource, rather than its absolute size.

JEL Classification: O1, O4, Q2

Suggested Citation

Pigliaru, Francesco and Lanza, Alessandro, Why are Tourism Countries Small and Fast-Growing? (January 1999). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=146028 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.146028

Francesco Pigliaru (Contact Author)

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Alessandro Lanza

Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei (FEEM), Milan

Corso Magenta 63
20123 Milan
Italy

CMCC - Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici ( email )

via Augusto Imperatore, 16
Bologna, I-73100
Italy

Bocconi University - IEFE Centre for Research on Energy and Environmental Economics and Policy ( email )

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Milan, 20122
Italy

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