Tourism's Potential to Benefit the Poor: A Social Accounting Matrix Model Applied to Ecuador
Ecuador, income distribution, inequality, pro-poor, social accounting matrix
The study examines the distributional effects of tourism expansion applying a social accounting matrix model to the case of Ecuador. Specifically the study examines what share of tourism expansion benefits poor people. The study finds that tourism has large multiplier effects on the Ecuadorian economy and has the potential for substantial benefits to the poor. The study also found that distributional effects of tourism development are spread across all household incomes in both urban and rural areas benefiting the lowest and low households the most. Tourism has the potential of reducing inequality and is pro-poor in the case of Ecuador. Benefits to the poor seem to hinge on how and where tourists spend their money.
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Rosen College of Hospitality Management
Croes, Robertico and Rivera, Manuel, "Tourism's Potential to Benefit the Poor: A Social Accounting Matrix Model Applied to Ecuador" (2017). Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 755.