Tourism Cluster Seminar: Professor Gang Li
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This study examines the role of tourism development in reducing regional income inequality in China. First, the theoretical foundation for how tourism affects regional income inequality is discussed. Second, based on the conditional convergence framework, this study proposes a spatiotemporal autoregressive model to capture spatial and temporal dependence. Tourism development is introduced as a conditional convergence factor in an attempt to examine whether the convergence speed is accelerated by regional tourism development. Third, a comparison is conducted between domestic and international tourism to determine which contributes more to narrowing regional inequality. The empirical results indicate that tourism development contributes significantly to the reduction of regional income inequality among different provinces in China, with domestic tourism making a larger contribution than international tourism.