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Foreign informational lobbying can enhance tourism : evidence from the Caribbean
 
Author:Gawande, Kishore; Maloney, William; Montes Rojas, Gabriel V.; Collection Title:Policy Research working paper ; no. WPS 4834
Country:Caribbean; Date Stored:2009/02/10
Document Date:2009/02/01Document Type:Policy Research Working Paper
Language:EnglishRegion:Latin America & Caribbean
Report Number:WPS4834SubTopics:Public Sector Corruption & Anticorruption Measures; Tourism and Ecotourism; Economic Theory & Research; Trade Policy; Debt Markets
Volume No:1 of 1  

Summary: There exist legal channels for informational lobbying of U.S. policymakers by foreign principals. Foreign governments and private sector principals frequently and intensively use this institutional channel to lobby on trade and tourism issues. This paper empirically studies whether such lobbying effectively achieves its goal of trade promotion in the context of Caribbean tourism, and suggests the potential for using foreign lobbying as a vehicle for development. Panel data are used to explore and quantify the association between foreign lobbying by Caribbean principals and U.S. tourist arrivals to Caribbean destinations. A variety of sensitivity analyses support the finding of a strong association. The policy implications are obvious and potentially important for developing countries.

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