Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis and Dissertation

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Department of Politics and Government: Political Science

First Advisor

T.Y. Wang


For decades, political scientists and development practitioners have focused on poverty and inequality alleviation, as well as increased quality of life as key goals for the field of development. Research focused on key concepts such as social capital and tools like microfinance and trickle-down tax structures for achieving these goals. Tourism, however, remained largely unstudied as a development tool, with most prior research focusing on sustainability and the economics of the industry. This study seeks to determine the effectiveness of tourism as a tool for development by examining its effects on poverty, inequality, and quality of life, as it becomes a larger or smaller part of the destination country’s economy. This research sheds light on regions seeing the significant effect of tourism on development indicators.


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