Four major observations can be made about the state of research in tourism economics. First, there are ongoing areas of research very much within the single disciplinary mainstream economic methodological framework.  Second, several areas of research in economics have emerged that were either non-existent two decades ago or were in their infancy. Third, there are several research areas relevant to the wider context of tourism studies, that tourism economists have virtually ignored, or have relatively neglected. Fourth, tourism economics has become increasingly quantitative over time, paralleling developments in the economics literature. A discussion of the issues that have been addressed in tourism economics for the past 50 or so years reveals that the range of issues addressed is perhaps much wider than the criticisms might imply. We highlight several topics for discussion below.

 

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