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Title: Local tourism effects of HSR in small cities: three synthetic control case studies
Authors: Albalate, Daniel
Campos Méndez, Francisco Javier 
Jiménez González, Juan Luis 
UNESCO Clasification: 531290 Economía sectorial: turismo
531212 Transportes y comunicaciones
Keywords: Hsr
Local Effects
Small Cities
Tourism
Issue Date: 2022
Journal: Current Issues in Tourism 
Abstract: The inauguration of high-speed rail (HSR) services is often associated with renewed expectations of revitalization of local tourism activity in sparsely populated regions. However, the empirical literature on the actual ex-post effects of this transport mode is scarce. This paper contributes to this line of research by estimating the causal impact of the HSR on the number of visitors in three small cities located in low-density areas in Spain. Our results, using the synthetic control method, robustly show that the ex-post causal effects of the HSR on overnight visitors are insignificant and, if any, they seem to exert a negative influence rather than a positive contribution. This suggests that smaller cities should be very cautious about the short-run expected impacts of transport improvements, and policy makers and planners should be aware of the actual contribution of such investments in their assessment of the net social benefits of HSR projects.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10553/115487
ISSN: 1368-3500
DOI: 10.1080/13683500.2022.2086106
Source: Current Issues in Tourism[ISSN 1368-3500], (Enero 2022)
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