Tourism and Insecurity in the World
International Review of Economics, Volume 66, Issue 4, pp 453–472 (2019)
21 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2019 Last revised: 11 Nov 2019
Date Written: January 29, 2019
The study assesses the role of forces of law and order in modulating the insecurity-tourism nexus in 163 countries for the period 2010 to 2015. Policy syndromes or insecurity dynamics include: violent crime, access to weapons, political instability and perception of criminality while the policy variables of forces of law and order are captured with “security officers & police” and “armed service personnel”. The empirical evidence is based on Negative Binomial regressions. The findings show that the policy variables can be effectively used to crowd-out the negative incidence of policy syndromes on tourist arrivals. The results are contingent on net effects (from conditional and unconditional effects), insecurity dynamics and thresholds. A threshold is an inflexion point at which the unfavorable unconditional effect from a policy syndrome of insecurity on tourist arrivals is completely neutralized by policy variables of forces of law and order. Policy implications are discussed.
Keywords: Insecurity; Peace; Tourism
JEL Classification: D74; Z32; Z38
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