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Revisiting Tourism Regional Economic Impact: Accounting for Secondary Household Employment


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  • Hughes, David W.

    (Clemson U)

  • Shields, Martin

    (CO State U)

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    Many argue that tourism development is beneficial for local economies, partly because of spillover effects. Others hold that tourism jobs are lower paying, often seasonal, and can generate a host of social ills with earned income concentrated in low-income households. A Social Accounting Matrix (SAM) of a Pennsylvania region is used to test the impacts of tourism businesses supported by the Progress Fund, a regional Community Development Financial Institution, on household income distribution by incorporating secondary and primary employment based income. Analysis indicates that tourism-oriented activity has relatively large contributions to lower and upper as opposed to middle income households.

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    Article provided by Southern Regional Science Association in its journal Review of Regional Studies.

    Volume (Year): 37 (2007)
    Issue (Month): 2 ()
    Pages: 186-206

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    Handle: RePEc:rre:publsh:v:37:y:2007:i:2:p:186-206

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    Keywords: Distribution; Income; Income Distribution; Middle Income; Regional; Tourism;

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    1. Amitrajeet Batabyal, 2011. "On optimizing the provision of guided tours to tourists during the slack season," Letters in Spatial and Resource Sciences, Springer, vol. 4(1), pages 63-70, March.


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