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Towards The Quest To Reduce Income Inequality In Africa: Is There A Synergy Between Tourism Development And Governance?

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  • Ofori, Isaac K.
  • Dossou, Toyo A. M.
  • Akadiri, Seyi S.

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Despite the growing attention on the tourism development-income inequality nexus, a conspicuous gap in the literature is that rigorous empirical works examining how good governance moderates the relationship is hard to find. Anchoring on the trickle-down theory and the tourism-led growth hypothesis, this study fills this void in the literature based on data for 48 African countries for the period 1996 – 2020. We provide strong evidence robust to several specifications from the GMM estimator to show that, though unconditionally both tourism development and governance reduce income inequality in Africa, the effect of the former is amplified in the presence of quality economic, political and institutional governance. Particularly, we find that control of corruption and political are keys for propelling Africa’s tourism sector contribute to policymakers’ quest of fostering shared prosperity in the continent. Policy recommendations are provided in line with SDG 10 and Aspiration 1 and 3 of Africa’s Agenda 2063.

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  • Ofori, Isaac K. & Dossou, Toyo A. M. & Akadiri, Seyi S., 2021. "Towards The Quest To Reduce Income Inequality In Africa: Is There A Synergy Between Tourism Development And Governance?," EconStor Open Access Articles and Book Chapters, ZBW - Leibniz Information Centre for Economics.
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    Keywords

    Africa; Corruption; Governance; Income Inequality; Tourism Development; Tourism Receipts;
    All these keywords.

    JEL classification:

    • C33 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Models with Panel Data; Spatio-temporal Models
    • D31 - Microeconomics - - Distribution - - - Personal Income and Wealth Distribution
    • D63 - Microeconomics - - Welfare Economics - - - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
    • H11 - Public Economics - - Structure and Scope of Government - - - Structure and Scope of Government
    • L5 - Industrial Organization - - Regulation and Industrial Policy
    • O55 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economywide Country Studies - - - Africa
    • Z32 - Other Special Topics - - Tourism Economics - - - Tourism and Development

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