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Das and DiRienzo report reduction in corruption levels positively impacts tourism competitiveness across nations

Tina Das, professor of economics, and Casey Dirienzo, associate professor of economics and Associate Dean of the Love School of Business, have published a paper titled “Tourism Competitiveness and Corruption: A Cross Country Analysis” inTourism Economics, 16(3): 477-492.

The paper considers the role corruption plays in a country's ability to compete globally in the tourism industry. Using the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index, developed by the World Economic Forum, this study provides evidence that a reduction in corruption levels impacts the level of tourism competitiveness positively across nations, while the marginal gain in tourism competitiveness from a reduction in corruption appears to be greater for developing countries compared to developed countries. Tourism Economics is a peer-reviewed journal devoted to the economics and finance of tourism worldwide.

Callie Young,
9/9/2010 10:03 AM