Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/25586
Authors: 
Freytag, Andreas
Vietze, Christoph
Year of Publication: 
2007
Series/Report no.: 
Jena economic research papers 2007,012
Abstract: 
We analyze whether biodiversity is increasing the receipts of tourism and beneficial for Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The underlying assumption is that a rich biodiversity provides a comparative advantage for most LDCs. We use a simple trade theory framework. The model is supported by an empirical analysis. The main findings are that first LDCs seem to have a comparative advantage in (sustainable) tourism, that second incidence of birds as the probably best explored taxonomic group has a positive impact on inbound tourism receipts per capita, and that third the rate of endangered to total birds is negatively influencing tourism receipts.
Subjects: 
tourism
economic growth
biodiversity conservation
JEL: 
F18
Q26
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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