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

Evangelos Mitrokostas, A. Apostolakis

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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
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013


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