Strategic CSR and competition in the tourism industry: a theoretical approach

Evangelos Mitrokostas, A. Apostolakis

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    Abstract

    This paper sheds light on tourist firms’ incentives to engage in corporate social responsibility activities in an imperfectly competitive environment. The focus on CSR in the tourism sector has emerged due to the existence of a critical mass of consumers’ willingness to pay a premium for such initiatives. A problem however emerges in the production of corporate social responsibility activities from the supply side. This is because entrepreneurs exhibit a strong free riding behaviour in their provision. The theoretical results illustrate that the existence of voluntary certification schemes would provide firms with a more efficient framework for undertaking CSR efforts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)967-975
    Number of pages9
    JournalTourism Economics
    Volume19
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

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