The linkage between tourism development and economic growth in Malaysia: A nonlinear approach

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In this study, we examine the nonlinear relationship between international tourism arrival and economic growth of Malaysia by using asymmetric models over the periods 2000:1–2015:4. The results show that the tourism arrival is positively related to Malaysia’s economic growth in the long run, but there is no short-run relationship and other traditional growth factors such as trade, exchange rate and Consumer Price Index are important for economic growth in the case of Malaysia. This implies that tourism can be one of the important factors for Malaysia’s economic growth in the long run and development and can be used to stimulate the overall economic growth and hence, policy-makers should pay greater attention towards promoting inbound tourism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-65
Number of pages13
JournalInternational Economic Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • asymmetric models
  • economic growth
  • Malaysia
  • Tourism

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