The income elasticity gap and its implications for economic growth and tourism development: The Balearic vs the Canary Islands

Federico Inchausti-Sintes, Augusto Voltes-Dorta, Pere Suau-Sanchez

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Abstract

The Balearic and the Canary Islands are two well-known tourism-led economies. They both experienced a tourism boom during the same decades, and, hence, they developed a similar productive-mix. Nevertheless, there are strong economic differences between the two regions. While the Balearic Islands enjoy a high GDP per capita, the Canary Islands show a more modest performance. The results of a panel data regression confirm our hypothesis that they differ substantially in terms of income elasticity of tourism. It is two times higher in the Balearic Islands than in the Canaries, which indicates the first is perceived as a more luxurious destination. Furthermore, the results of a dynamic computable general equilibrium model show that the Canaries would converge in GDP per capita with the Balearic Islands if they attracted tourists with a similar profile as the latter.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages19
JournalCurrent Issues in Tourism
Early online date30 Jan 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Jan 2020

Keywords

  • income elasticity
  • economic growth
  • tourism-led economies
  • dynamic computable general equilibrium

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