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Happy Hosts? International Tourist Arrivals and Residents' Subjective Well-being in Europe

Artjoms Ivlevs ()
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Artjoms Ivlevs: University of the West of England, Bristol

No 10087, IZA Discussion Papers from Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA)

Abstract: While there has been a growing interest in the relationship between perceived tourism impacts and residents' quality of life, little is known about how residents' well-being is affected by actual tourist arrivals. This paper studies the effect of international tourist arrivals on the subjective well-being – happiness and life satisfaction – of residents in European countries. Data come from the six waves of the European Social Survey, conducted in 32 countries in 2002-2013. The results suggest that tourist arrivals reduce residents' life satisfaction. This negative relationship tends to be more pronounced in countries where tourism intensity is relatively high, as well as among people living in rural areas. In addition, tourist arrivals have a greater negative relationship with the evaluative component of subjective well-being (life satisfaction) than its affective component (happiness).

Keywords: tourist arrivals; happiness; life satisfaction; Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L83 Z3 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cse, nep-eur, nep-hap and nep-tur
Date: 2016-07
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Published in: Journal of Travel Research, 2017, 56 (5), 599-612

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