Migration, Unemployment and Net Benefits of Inbound Tourism in a Developing Country

39 Pages Posted: 3 Jan 2006  

Mondher Sahli

Victoria University of Wellington - Victoria Management School

Jean-Jacques Nowak

Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille - Faculte des Sciences Economiques et Sociales

Date Written: December 2005

Abstract

International tourism is increasingly viewed as one of the best opportunities for a sustainable economic and social development of developing countries. There is also an increasing concern from public policy makers as to whether mass tourism coastal resorts can play a catalytic role in the overall economic development and improve the real income of their community. In this paper, we present a general equilibrium model which explicitly takes into consideration specific features of some developing countries (e.g. coastal tourism, dual labour market, unemployment, migrations, competition between agriculture and tourism for land) to analyse the ways by which an inbound tourism boom affects this kind of country, in particular its real income. We define the conditions under which an inbound tourism boom makes developing countries residents worse off.

Keywords: Economic impacts, General equilibrium model, Inbound tourism, Migration,Unemployment, Developing countries

JEL Classification: F11, Q17, L83

Suggested Citation

Sahli, Mondher and Nowak, Jean-Jacques, Migration, Unemployment and Net Benefits of Inbound Tourism in a Developing Country (December 2005). FEEM Working Paper No. 148.05. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=871444 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.871444

Mondher Sahli (Contact Author)

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Jean-Jacques Nowak

Universite des Sciences et Technologies de Lille - Faculte des Sciences Economiques et Sociales ( email )

Faculté des sciences économiques et sociales
Université des Sciences et Technologies de Lille (
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France
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