The Economic Gains from Eliminating U.S. Travel Visas
4 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2014
Date Written: February 6, 2014
The U.S. government requires most foreigners to obtain a travel visa if they wish to travel to America. The purported rationale for this requirement is to prevent unauthorized immigrants, terrorists, and other foreign-originated security threats from coming into the country disguised as tourists. The visa requirements also impose a substantial cost on the American economy by severely inhibiting tourism to the United States. Many sectors of the American economy are heavily dependent on tourist spending. By making it unnecessarily costly and difficult for foreigners to visit the country, the United States is impeding economic growth that would occur under a more sensible visa policy.
Keywords: tourism, tourist visas, visa restrictions
JEL Classification: L83
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