Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/213594
Authors: 
Dörr, Luisa
Dorn, Florian
Gaebler, Stefanie
Potrafke, Niklas
Year of Publication: 
2019
Series/Report no.: 
ifo Working Paper No. 318
Abstract: 
We examine how new airport infrastructure influences regional tourism. Identification is based on the conversion of a military air base into a regional commercial airport in the German state of Bavaria. The new airport opened in 2007 and promotes travelling to the touristic region Allgäu in the Bavarian Alps. We use a synthetic control approach and show that the new commercial airport increased tourism in the Allgäu region over the period 2008-2016. The positive effect is especially pronounced in the county where the airport is located. Our results suggest that new transportation infrastructure promotes regional economic development.
Subjects: 
Airports
tourism
regional development
transportation infrastructure
synthetic control method
JEL: 
O18
Z38
L93
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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