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Tourism employment and poverty: revisiting the supply curve

Riley, M and Szivas, E (2009) Tourism employment and poverty: revisiting the supply curve TOURISM ECON, 15 (2). 297 - 305. ISSN 1354-8166

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Abstract

The authors argue that the theory of the downward-sloping supply curve for labour is relevant to explanations of labour market behaviour in tourism. The paper is founded on the work of Sharif (1986, 1991, 2000), who questioned the definition of subsistence and argued that, in certain conditions, the initial slope of the curve would be downwards. The authors ask whether tourism development could provide these particular conditions. An important distinction is made between the perception of management of the market being in surplus or abundance. If the downward-sloping supply curve is the case, then the distress selling of labour that it implies would have implications for the quality of tourism products and for the capacity of tourism to alleviate poverty.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: tourism employment, poverty, mobility, LABOR, MOBILITY, PAY
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Economics and Law > Surrey Business School
Depositing User: Mr Adam Field
Date Deposited: 27 May 2010 14:37
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2013 18:31
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/1096

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