Do airport activities affect regional economies? Regional analysis of New Zealand’s airport system

Xiaowen Fu, Kan Wai Hong Tsui, Breno Sampaio, David Tan

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This study investigates the impacts of airport activities on regional economies using annual data on all regions and 22 airports in New Zealand from 2001 to 2016. In addition to fixed effects estimation, the system generalized method of moments approach and the dynamic common correlated effects estimator are used to account for cross-sectional dependence, cross-regional heterogeneity and feedback effects. The study shows clear and consistent evidence that aviation activities positively affect regional economies, and that it is beneficial for policy-makers and airport owners in a region to promote aviation activities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)707-722
Number of pages16
JournalRegional Studies
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • airport activities
  • local/regional policies
  • New Zealand
  • regional economy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)

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