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Tourism and regional income inequality: Evidence from China

Li, H, Chen, JL, Li, G and Goh, C (2016) Tourism and regional income inequality: Evidence from China Annals of Tourism Research, 58. pp. 81-99.

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This study examines the role of tourism development in reducing regional income inequality in China. First, the theoretical foundation for how tourism affects regional income inequality is discussed. Second, based on the conditional convergence framework, this study proposes a spatiotemporal autoregressive model to capture spatial and temporal dependence as well as spatial heterogeneity. Tourism development is introduced as a conditional convergence factor in an attempt to examine whether the convergence speed is accelerated by regional tourism development. Third, the effects of international and domestic tourism in narrowing regional inequality are compared both globally and locally. The empirical results indicate that tourism development contributes significantly to the reduction of regional inequality, with domestic tourism making a greater contribution than international tourism.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Tourism, Hospitality
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Hospitality and Tourism Management
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Date : May 2016
Identification Number : 10.1016/j.annals.2016.02.001
Copyright Disclaimer : © 2016. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 13 May 2016 13:22
Last Modified : 13 May 2016 13:22

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