Research note: Tourism and economic growth in Latin American countries - Further empirical evidence

Bichaka Fayissa, Christian Nsiah, Bedassa Tadesse

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Abstract

Using panel data that span from 1990 to 2005, the authors investigate the impact of tourism on the economic growth of 18 heterogeneous Latin American countries within the framework of the conventional neoclassical growth model. Results from the empirical models show that revenues from the tourism industry contribute positively to both the current level and the growth rate of the per capita GDP of the countries in the region, as do investments in physical and human capital. The findings imply that Latin American economies may enhance their economic growth in the short run by strengthening their tourism industries strategically, while not neglecting the traditional sources of economic growth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1365-1373
Number of pages9
JournalTourism Economics
Volume17
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

Keywords

  • Arellano-Bond models
  • Dynamic panel data
  • Fixed effects
  • Latin America
  • Quantile regression
  • Random effects

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