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How New Airport Infrastructure Promotes Tourism: Evidence from a Synthetic Control Approach in German Regions

Luisa Dörr (), Florian Dorn (), Stefanie Gäbler () and Niklas Potrafke ()

No 318, ifo Working Paper Series from ifo Institute - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research at the University of Munich

Abstract: We examine how new airport infrastructure influences regional tourism. Identification is based on the conversion of a military air base into a regional commercial airport in the German state of Bavaria. The new airport opened in 2007 and promotes travelling to the touristic region Allgäu in the Bavarian Alps. We use a synthetic control approach and show that the new commercial airport increased tourism in the Allgäu region over the period 2008-2016. The positive effect is especially pronounced in the county where the airport is located. Our results suggest that new transportation infrastructure promotes regional economic development.

Keywords: Airports; tourism; regional development; transportation infrastructure; synthetic control method (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O18 Z38 L93 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-tre, nep-tur and nep-ure
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