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Estimating Demand Elasticities in Non-Stationary Panels: The Case of Hawaii Tourism

Peter Fuleky, Carl Bonham () and Qianxue Zhao

No 2013-2R, Working Papers from University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Abstract: It is natural to turn to the richness of panel data to improve the precision of estimated tourism demand elasticities. However, the likely presence of common shocks shared across the underlying macroeconomic variables and across regions in the panel has so far been neglected in the tourism literature. We deal with the effects of cross-sectional dependence by applying Pesaran�s (2006) common correlated effects estimator, which is consistent under a wide range of conditions and is relatively simple to implement. We study the extent to which tourist arrivals from the US Mainland to Hawaii are driven by fundamentals such as real personal income and travel costs, and we demonstrate that ignoring cross-sectional dependence leads to spurious results.

Keywords: Panel Cointegration; Cross-Sectional Dependence; Tourism Demand; Hawaii (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C23 C51 L83 R41 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 32 pages
Date: 2013-02, Revised 2013-08
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