The effect of tourism taxation: a synthetic control approach

TitleThe effect of tourism taxation: a synthetic control approach
Publication TypeWorking Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsBiagi, B, Brandano, MG, Pulina, M
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsSynthetic control; tourism taxation; policy evaluation

So far, the Synthetic Control Method (SCM) has not been employed for evaluating the impact of tourism taxation. A lack of research on this topic is possibly due to the fact that, for example, in many European municipalities a tourism tax has been levied only very recently. Hence, the objective of the present paper is to investigate the effects of a taxation intervention on tourism flows by using the SCM. This work presents a case study based on a panel of municipalities in Sardinia (Italy), for the time span 2006-2011. Results highlight that tourism taxation has affected domestic and international tourism flows in a different manner. Applications to other contexts would guide policy makers on the actual effects of tourism taxation and related sustainable local policies.

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