nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2008‒07‒14
three papers chosen by
Antonello Scorcu
University of Bologna

  1. Greater Space Means More Service: Leveraging the innovative power of architecture and design By Mathe, Hervé
  2. An evaluation of the impact of the Natural Forest Protection Programme on Rural Household Livelihoods By Katrina Mullan; Andreas Kontoleon; Tim Swanson; Shiqiu Zhang
  3. Assessing the Determinants of Local Acceptability of Wind Farm Investment: A Choice Experiment in the Greek Aegean Islands By Alexandros Dimitropoulos; Andreas Kontoleon

  1. By: Mathe, Hervé (Institute for Service Innovation and Strategy, ESSEC Paris-Singapore)
    Abstract: Organizational structures certainly are of great importance in order to determine employees’ behaviour and performance. On the other hand, physical structures also significantly influence the way staff and customers view any company and interact with it. In service based activity, such as in retailing, banking, hospitality, and so, firms and institutions are competing thanks to innovations in products/services, delivery processes, and management styles. Innovative approaches may also materialize into the design of facilities. Service providers are in a position to significantly improve convenience, productivity, and attractiveness by designing space and defining appropriate layout carefully. This pattern also has to include identification of the meanings, characterization of size and qualification of the process by which any service facility delivers messages. In the last session of the paper, we address a particular type of service facilities, namely the buildings of institutions for higher education in management. The objective is then to analyze how facilities have evolved in order to cope with the change affecting business education.
    Keywords: Service; innovation; architecture; working place; corporate symbols
    JEL: M14
    Date: 2008–01
  2. By: Katrina Mullan (University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy); Andreas Kontoleon (University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy); Tim Swanson (University College London, Department Economics and School of Laws); Shiqiu Zhang (Peking University, College of Environmental Sciences)
    Abstract: In this paper, we estimate the impact on local household livelihoods of the Natural Forest Protection Programme (NFPP), the largest logging ban programme in the world that aims to protect watershed and conserve natural forests. In doing so we use a series of policy evaluation micro-econometric techniques to assess the impacts of the NFPP on two interrelated facets of household livelihoods, namely income and off farm labour supply. We find that the NFPP has had a negative impact on incomes from timber harvesting but has actually had a positive impact on total household incomes from all sources. Further, we find that off farm labour supply has increased more rapidly in NFPP areas than non-NFPP areas. This result is strongest for employment outside the village. On the basis of these results policy implications for household livelihoods are drawn.
    Keywords: Natural Forest Protection Programme, policy evaluation, difference in differences, propensity score matching, China, income impacts, off farm labour
    Date: 2008
  3. By: Alexandros Dimitropoulos (Institute of Energy for South-East Europe, Athens, Greece); Andreas Kontoleon (University of Cambridge, Department of Land Economy)
    Abstract: This paper aims at analysing the factors which motivate communities to resist the installation of wind farms in their vicinity. To this end, the choice experiment methodology was employed in communities in two Greek Aegean Islands to assess the determinants of preferences towards different wind farm projects. Unlike other studies the willingness to accept welfare measure was adopted. The results of our analysis show that the conservation status of the area where the wind farms are to be installed, along with the governance characteristics of the planning procedure are the most important determinants of local community welfare in relation to wind farms. In contrast to other studies, we find that the physical attributes of wind farms appear to be of less relative importance from a local community welfare point of view. Implications for the EU’s future energy policy are drawn
    Keywords: wind farms; local acceptability; willingness to accept
    Date: 2008

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