Title

A structural change and productivity perspective of tourism’s contribution to economic growth: The case of Zhangjiajie in China

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Title

Journal of Travel Research

Publisher

Sage Publications

School

School of Business and Law

Comments

Zuo, B., & Huang, S. (2020). A structural change and productivity perspective of tourism’s contribution to economic growth: The case of Zhangjiajie in China. Journal of Travel Research, 59(3), 465-476. https://doi.org/10.1177/0047287519841720

Abstract

This study provides empirical evidence of how tourism triggers economic growth from a meso-level structural perspective. It introduces a novel shift-share approach in accordance with the Lewis hypothesis to analyze the spillover effect of tourism on economic restructuring and sectoral labor productivity. The study demonstrates a hump-shaped positive structural spillover effect exerted by tourism onto economic growth and identifies the emergence of a new tourism-related industrialization in the showcased destination, the Zhangjiajie city in China. The study captures the interactions between tourism and the other sectors of the economy and contributes to an in-depth understanding of tourism’s contribution to overall economy.

DOI

10.1177/0047287519841720

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