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Urban–rural income disparity and inbound tourism: spatial evidence from China


Shi, W and Luo, M and Jin, M and Cheng, SK and Li, KX, Urban-rural income disparity and inbound tourism: spatial evidence from China, Tourism Economics, 26, (7) pp. 1231-1247. ISSN 1354-8166 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1177/1354816619872035


The challenging concern regarding how the benefits of inbound tourism can be evenly distributed, especially among urban and rural individuals, has received considerable attention in China. To address this concern, a spatial econometrics approach is used to estimate the spillover effects of inbound tourism on urban–rural income disparity (URID). An empirical analysis using the spatial Durbin model was conducted for 31 Chinese provinces covering the period from 2003 to 2017. Our findings suggest that at the national level, local inbound tourism significantly reduces the local URID, while neighboring inbound tourism significantly increases the local URID. At the regional level, the role of inbound tourism in reducing the local URID is only detected in the western region. The spillover effects of inbound tourism are positive and significant in the eastern/northeastern region but negative in the western region. In general, these findings provide insights into the importance of interregional tourism policies and strategies for inbound tourism development in China.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:inbound tourism, Moran's I, spatial Durbin model, urban-rural income disparity
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Road transportation and freight services
Objective Division:Commercial Services and Tourism
Objective Group:Tourism services
Objective Field:Economic issues in tourism
UTAS Author:Shi, W (Dr Wenming Shi)
UTAS Author:Cheng, SK (Dr Seu Keow Cheng)
ID Code:134694
Year Published:2020 (online first 2019)
Web of Science® Times Cited:12
Deposited By:Maritime and Logistics Management
Deposited On:2019-08-29
Last Modified:2022-11-21

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