Presenter Bios

Seojin Lee, Ph.D. Candidate

Seojin Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. Her research focuses on tourism marketing, services, and consumer behavior in the travel and tourism context. She has a particular interest in the influences of technology innovations on traveler behavior.

Christine A. Vogt, Ph.D.

Christine Vogt is a Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University (ASU). She also directs the Center for Sustainable Tourism at ASU. She studies natural resource based tourism and recreation primarily in park settings or nearby communities. She conducts survey research and evaluation and is widely published in leisure, tourism, recreation and parks, and natural resource journals.

Woojin Lee, Ph.D.

Dr. Woojin Lee is an Associate Professor in the School of Community Resources and Development at Arizona State University. Dr. Lee has expertise in examining the impacts of communication technology on online consumer behavior, especially the effects of using social media, and the impact of the sharing economy on tourism industry.

David Swindell, Ph.D.

David Swindell is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University (ASU). He also directs the Center for Urban Innovation at ASU.

Abstract

The sharing economy presents new regulatory issues by raising inquiries into market innovation and government intervention. This research focuses on policy areas that have not received much attention in the current debate on the sharing economy, particularly in the tourism literature. Based on the survey on local government officials in the U.S. cities and counties (n=599), the research aims at (1) exploring stakeholder groups that are perceived to be influential in acting on legislation among policymakers and (2) examining determinants that influence legislative status with a focus on sharing economy innovations. The results indicate that legislative status is influenced by stakeholder groups who actively engaged in legislation with different objectives as well as jurisdiction characteristics such as population size and geographical region. The study offers insights into how policymakers keep up with the tremendous innovations that take place in the tourism industry.

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Governance Keeping up with Sharing Economy Innovations

The sharing economy presents new regulatory issues by raising inquiries into market innovation and government intervention. This research focuses on policy areas that have not received much attention in the current debate on the sharing economy, particularly in the tourism literature. Based on the survey on local government officials in the U.S. cities and counties (n=599), the research aims at (1) exploring stakeholder groups that are perceived to be influential in acting on legislation among policymakers and (2) examining determinants that influence legislative status with a focus on sharing economy innovations. The results indicate that legislative status is influenced by stakeholder groups who actively engaged in legislation with different objectives as well as jurisdiction characteristics such as population size and geographical region. The study offers insights into how policymakers keep up with the tremendous innovations that take place in the tourism industry.