1. bookVolume 29 (2022): Issue 1 (March 2022)
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Investigating the Role of Tourism in Economic Growth: Empirical Evidence from Pakistan

Published Online: 17 Mar 2022
Volume & Issue: Volume 29 (2022) - Issue 1 (March 2022)
Page range: 39 - 47
Received: 24 Mar 2021
Accepted: 07 Jan 2022
Journal Details
First Published
16 May 2011
Publication timeframe
4 times per year

Introduction. This study aims to explore the impact of tourism along with some other regressors, namely labor force, official development assistance, local investment, and inflation rate on the economic growth rate of the developing country of Pakistan. Material and Methods. We used annual time series data over the period from 1980 to 2018 for empirical analysis. Based on the order of integration of data, we employed an Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) approach. Results. Empirical results vindicated a positive relationship between tourism and growth. The official development assistance and inflation rate have shown significantly negative impacts on the economic growth of Pakistan, whereas domestic investment has shown an insignificantly positive impact on the economic growth. Conclusions. The empirical findings exhibit that tourism plays a key role in the process of economic growth and development of Pakistan. The study recommends that the management authorities should implement appropriate policies to attract more tourists to improve economic growth of Pakistan. Furthermore, sincere efforts are required to ensure macroeconomic stability through controlling inflation, avoiding reception of foreign aid, and encouraging global investment.


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