nep-tur New Economics Papers
on Tourism Economics
Issue of 2020‒08‒24
two papers chosen by
Laura Vici
Università di Bologna

  1. Assessing the role of women in tourism related sectors in the Caribbean By Pastore, Francesco; Webster, Allan; Hope, Kevin
  2. Addressing the impact of the pandemic on tourism in Asia-Pacific small island developing States By Yusuke Tateno; Andrzej Bolesta

  1. By: Pastore, Francesco; Webster, Allan; Hope, Kevin
    Abstract: This study contributes to the rapidly growing literature on women in tourism. It focuses on a group of 13 Caribbean countries. The study analyses the impact of women in apical positions within firms (top manager or owner) on firm performance – productivity, profitability and female employment. For this both a decomposition model and the Inverse Probability Weighted Regression Adjustment (IPWRA) estimator are used. The analysis finds that opportunities for women in these positions in the Caribbean are constrained to less productive and profitable firms, as elsewhere. However, those firms with females at the top employ more women, particularly in management roles.
    Keywords: gender differences,tourism,Propensity score matching,IPWRA,Caribbean
    JEL: D22 J16 L26 L83 Z32
    Date: 2020
  2. By: Yusuke Tateno (Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific); Andrzej Bolesta (Macroeconomic Policy and Financing for Development Division, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)
    Abstract: The collapse of tourism resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic will have a profound impact on the Asia-Pacific small island developing States because of their high reliance on tourism rents. The pandemic will disproportionally influence the lives and well-being of the poorest and the most vulnerable, including workers in the informal sector. Addressing this challenge requires both broad mitigation measures to counteract the consequences of the outbreak as well as specific policies to support local tourism-related businesses and affected communities. For Governments that do not have the fiscal space, adequate concessional assistance from the international community will be critical. At the same time, however, long-term efforts for the sustainable development of the tourism sector should not be undermined, particularly by taking full advantage of their blue economy potential – a concept depicting sustainable use of vast oceanic resources – to foster their development.
    Date: 2020–05

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