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Oil prices, tourism income and economic growth: a structural VAR Approach for European Mediterranean countries

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In this study, a structural VAR model is employed to investigate the relationship among oil price shocks, tourism variables and economic indicators in four European Mediterranean countries. In contrast with the current tourism literature, we distinguish between three oil price shocks, namely, supply-side, aggregate demand and oil speci!c demand shocks. Overall, our results indicate that oil speci!c demand shocks contemporaneously affect in"ation and the tourism sector equity index, whereas these shocks do not seem to have any lagged effects. By contrast, aggregate demand oil price shocks exercise a lagged effect, either directly or indirectly, to tourism generated income and economic growth. The paper does not provide any evidence that supply-side shocks trigger any responses from the remaining variables. Results are important for tourism agents and policy makers, should they need to create hedging strategies against future oil price movements or plan for economic policy developments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)331-341
Number of pages11
JournalTourism Management
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


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