Tourism Contribution to Poverty Alleviation in Kenya: A Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium Analysis.

Njoya, E. and Seetaram, N., 2017. Tourism Contribution to Poverty Alleviation in Kenya: A Dynamic Computable General Equilibrium Analysis. Journal of Travel Research, pp. 1-12. (In Press)

Full text available as:

[img]
Preview
PDF
Njoya_and_Seetaram_2017.pdf - Accepted Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives.

659kB

DOI: 10.1177/0047287517700317

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to investigate the claim that tourism development can be the engine for poverty reduction in Kenya using a dynamic, micro-simulation computable general equilibrium model. The paper improves on the common practice in the literature by using the Foster-Greer-Thorbecke (FGT) index to measure poverty instead of headcount ratios only. Simulations results confirm those of previous studies and show that the expansion of the tourism industry will benefit different sectors unevenly and will only marginally improve poverty headcount. This is mainly due to the contraction of the agricultural sector caused by the appreciation of the real exchange rates. However this paper demonstrates that the effect on poverty gap and poverty severity is nevertheless, significant for both rural and urban areas. Tourism expansion enables poorer households to move closer to the poverty line. It is concluded that the tourism industry is pro-poor.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0047-2875
Uncontrolled Keywords:Kenya; Poverty; dynamic computable general equilibrium; CGE; micro-simulation; Tourism
Group:Faculty of Management
ID Code:28622
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:10 Apr 2017 10:38
Last Modified:17 May 2017 15:29

Downloads

Downloads per month over past year

More statistics for this item...
Repository Staff Only -