Assessing the Role of Tourism in Poverty Alleviation: A Research Agenda

26 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2013

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Paul Winters

American University; American University - Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS)

Leonardo Corral

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Adela Moreda Mora

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 2013

Abstract

Understanding the tourism‐poverty link is critical if tourism is to be used as a mechanism for reducing poverty. Yet, the available empirical analysis is insufficient for this. This article proposes a research agenda for closing this gap in the literature. It argues that, while analysing the link poses peculiar challenges, models exist to do so. Second, it contends that the key question is not whether the link exists but under what conditions it is strongest. Finally, it maintains that the best way to analyse the link is to incorporate accurate diagnosis and evaluations into tourism projects, using the approaches and concepts of the literature on impact evaluation.

Keywords: Tourism, development, poverty, impact evaluation

Suggested Citation

Winters, Paul and Corral, Leonardo and Mora, Adela Moreda, Assessing the Role of Tourism in Poverty Alleviation: A Research Agenda (March 2013). Development Policy Review, Vol. 31, Issue 2, pp. 177-202, 2013, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2213699 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/dpr.12002

Paul Winters

American University ( email )

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American University - Center for Latin American & Latino Studies (CLALS) ( email )

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Leonardo Corral

Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) ( email )

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Washington, DC 20577
United States

Adela Moreda Mora

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