Economic recession, job vulnerability, and tourism decision making: a qualitative comparative analysis

Papatheodorou, Andreas and Pappas, Nikolaos (2016) Economic recession, job vulnerability, and tourism decision making: a qualitative comparative analysis. Journal of Travel Research, 56 (5). pp. 663-667. ISSN 0047-2875

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Occupational uncertainty has a considerable effect upon consumer decisions during a recession, especially with respect to discretionary products and services such as tourism. Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA), the study examines the complex relations among job vulnerability, disposable income for tourism, marketing activities, and price and quality issues for Greek holiday makers returning from their vacations. The article also compares QCA with the two dominant linear methods of analysis (i.e. correlation and regression) and highlights the suitability of QCA when dealing with complexity in tourism. The results reveal four configurations explaining the attributes of Greek residents’ tourism decisions, characterized by value-for-money orientation, achievement of best available purchase, psychological strengthening, and price sensitivity. The study also employs predictive validity for the presented models. The findings are valid from both a methodological and managerial perspective suggesting new research insights.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1177/0047287516651334
Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this paper has been published in Journal of Travel Research, Volume 56, Issue 5 by Sage Publications Ltd, All rights reserved. © SAGE Publications Ltd, 2016. It is available at:
Keywords: complexity theory, qualitative comparative analysis, economic crisis, consumer behavior, Greece
Subjects: Hospitality and tourism > Tourism > Tourism management
Hospitality and tourism
Depositing User: Dominic Walker
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 08:45
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 15:52


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