Presenter/Author Information

Suhejla Hoti
Michael McAleer
Riaz Shareef

Keywords

island economies, small size, vulnerability, volatility, garch, gjr, asymmetry, shocks, regularity conditions, risk ratings, risk returns

Start Date

1-7-2004 12:00 AM

Description

Small Island Tourism Economies (SITEs) differ significantly in their size, location, politicalsystems, historical experience, economic prospects, ecological fragility, and vulnerability to ethnic conflicts,crime, and the threat of global terrorism. Given these differences, a careful analysis of country risk and itscomponents for the SITEs is of great interest to private tourism operators and foreign direct investors in thetourism and hospitality industry, tourism commissions and governments. This paper provides a comparisonof country risk ratings, risk returns and associated volatilities for six SITEs for which monthly data compiledby the International Country Risk Guide are available. Monthly economic, financial, political and compositecountry risk returns are used to estimate symmetric and asymmetric models of univariate conditionalvolatility. The empirical results provide a comparative assessment of the conditional means and volatilitiesassociated with country risk returns across the six SITEs.

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Modelling the Volatility in Country Risk for Small Island Tourism Economies

Small Island Tourism Economies (SITEs) differ significantly in their size, location, politicalsystems, historical experience, economic prospects, ecological fragility, and vulnerability to ethnic conflicts,crime, and the threat of global terrorism. Given these differences, a careful analysis of country risk and itscomponents for the SITEs is of great interest to private tourism operators and foreign direct investors in thetourism and hospitality industry, tourism commissions and governments. This paper provides a comparisonof country risk ratings, risk returns and associated volatilities for six SITEs for which monthly data compiledby the International Country Risk Guide are available. Monthly economic, financial, political and compositecountry risk returns are used to estimate symmetric and asymmetric models of univariate conditionalvolatility. The empirical results provide a comparative assessment of the conditional means and volatilitiesassociated with country risk returns across the six SITEs.