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The impact of inbound demand on price levels in tourism municipalities: empirical evidence from Catalonia

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Abstract:

It is usually argued that tourism exerts negative economic impacts in host jurisdictions through the increase in prices linked to increasing demand for basic services and goods from tourists. This paper surveys 149 products in 45 tourism and non-tourism jurisdictions in Catalonia (which represent a total of 18,500 prices) in order to test empirically several hypotheses related to differences in price levels in tourism and non-tourism jurisdictions. The main results show that prices in tourism jurisdictions are not significantly higher than those in non-tourism ones. The analysis suggests that tourists are likely to pay higher prices than natives for some products.

Keywords: PRICE LEVEL AND PRICE DISPERSION; SEARCH COSTS; TOURISM DEMAND; TRADED AND NON-TRADED GOODS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5367/te.2011.0020

Publication date: February 1, 2011

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  • Tourism Economics, published bimonthly, is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the economics and finance of tourism worldwide. Articles address the components of the tourism product (accommodation; restaurants; merchandizing; attractions; transport; entertainment; tourist activities); and the economic organization of tourism at micro and macro levels (market structure; role of public/private sectors; community interests; strategic planning; marketing; finance; economic development).

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