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Tourism-led growth hypothesis in the top ten tourist destinations: New evidence using the quantile-on-quantile approach

Syed Jawad Hussain Shahzad (), Muhammad Shahbaz (), Román Ferrer and Ronald Kumar ()

Tourism Management, 2017, vol. 60, issue C, 223-232

Abstract: This paper examines the empirical validity of the tourism-led growth hypothesis in the top ten tourist destinations in the world (China, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Spain, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States) using the quantile-on-quantile (QQ) approach and a new index of tourism activity that combines the most commonly used tourism indicators. This methodology, recently introduced by Sim and Zhou (2015), provides an ideal framework with which to capture the overall dependence structure between tourism development and economic growth. The empirical results primarily show a positive relation between tourism and economic growth for the ten countries considered with substantial variations across countries and across quantiles within each country. The weakest links are noted for China and Germany, possibly because of the limited importance of the tourism sector relative to other major economic activities in those countries. Important country-specific policy implications may be drawn from these findings.

Keywords: Tourism; Economic growth; Tourism-led growth hypothesis; Real GDP per capita; Quantile-on-quantile (QQ) approach (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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