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Climate change in poor countries negatively impacts tourism

Climate change in poor countries negatively impacts tourism

"Economic development and the formation of small-scale business is an essential tool needed to resolve problems associated with poor countries and emerging markets," says Cinar.

By Whitney Critten |  Student reporter

“The world has over 190 countries, and most, if not all of them, are experiencing the negative side effects of climate change,” says Mine Cinar, PhD, professor of economics at the Quinlan School of Business.

However, poor or developing countries such as India, Guatemala, and the Philippines have it worse because climate change is destroying the natural landscape and scenery of these countries, which ultimately impacts tourism revenue. And for most developing countries, the tourism industry employs its people and brings much needed revenue to support social programs.

Over the past 30 years, Cinar has used her research as a tool for change by bringing attention to issues, which otherwise would have received little to no recognition in academia or industry. Currently, she’s researching two topics: the first being the economic impact that climate change has had on poor countries.

The second being analyzing attitudes toward work and job creation in the European Union with regard to the recent immigration of North African migrants to the region. 

Here, she discusses her two current research projects, her teaching style, and her love of Quinlan students.

Why focus on climate change and the European Union crisis?

Both are highly publicized current events in dire need of effective practical solutions. My research examines the impact climate change has had on coral reef and pollution across the world, and how it effects poor countries that rely on tourism.

In poor countries, tourism revenue is needed, but the environment is destroyed. I used game theory to come up with actionable solutions to help the people of these countries. One of my published research studies related to climate change in poor countries examined the damages and benefits of the environment to stakeholders in Indonesia and the Philippines.

My research on the European migrant crisis attempts to find out why young males from North Africa are migrating to rich European Union countries in mass quantities. Is it for employment or for political asylum? If the cause is derived from lack of employment, my research looks into what economic policies can be introduced in North Africa to stimulate small-scale employment to create needed jobs for young, male migrants there. 

Why is this of interest to businesses?

Economic development and the formation of small-scale business is an essential tool needed to resolve problems associated with poor countries and emerging markets. Small-scale business generates around 90-95% of jobs in the world and 70% of new jobs in the United States.

Therefore, it’s critical for businesses to realize the power they hold in combating global poverty by employing members from local communities. 

What makes your research relevant to Quinlan students?

Quinlan students want to find business solutions to the world’s current greatest challenges, such as poverty, inequality and income, and terrorism, and so do I. My research, along with my teaching style, is rooted in providing winning business solutions to current real-world global challenges. In the classroom, I use my research, along with textbooks and lectures from alumni, to show students how they can find practical business solutions to the world’s greatest challenges. Sole reliance on textbooks isn’t sufficient.

How would you describe Quinlan students?

They have good hearts, and want to solve the fundamental problems of the world. I truly adore them!