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

RAS ID

33996

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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