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1st Edition

Business, Industry, and Trade in the Tropics

ISBN 9780367721213
Published March 22, 2022 by Routledge
306 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The tropics is an area of enormous opportunity and potential. The countries situated between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn are largely developing in nature. There is huge interest in the types of business investments made in Southeast Asia, Central Africa, and the Amazonian tropical belts. These tropical regions continue to face opportunities and challenges in attracting foreign direct investments as well as the need to complement and/or compete with larger economies external to the tropics.

This book provides an empirical assessment of the key sociocultural, economic, environmental, and political factors that influence the business dynamics of organizations operating within the tropics. It will address but is not limited to topics such as attracting businesses to the tropics, facilitating smooth, stable conditions for business operations and sustainability, national institutions, and regulations that shape the way business is done, and the increasing deployment of new technologies and entrepreneurial innovations which are defining the global tropics as a distinct business region. It will offer readers a key focus for developing a deeper understanding of the factors and frameworks that influence and shape business activity in the area.

While the primary audience for the book consists of academics and students from the fields of economics (environmental economics, developmental economics), business, international trade, tourism, and area studies, it will also provide a practical resource for government policy analysts wanting to fully appreciate some of the key economic and business issues facing the region.

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List of Contributors

Chapter 1: Business-financing options’ effects on micro-enterprise performance in the tropics: The case of Kisumu County, Kenya

Rael A. Onyango, Emiel L. Eijdenberg, Enno Masurel and Nelson Obange

Chapter 2: Profiling the Tropical Entrepreneur

Emiel L. Eijdenberg and Taha Chaiechi

Chapter 3: Does institutional quality matter for the nexus between environmental quality and economic growth? A tropics perspective

Huiping Zhang, Pengji Wang, and Jacob Wood

Chapter 4: A bottom of pyramid perspective on quality education in the tropics

Yenee Kim, Malobi Mukherjee, and Reetika Gupta

Chapter 5: Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): A tropical region perspective

Pengji Wang, Huiping Zhang, and Jacob Wood

Chapter 6: An assessment of trade facilitation impacts on China’s outward foreign direct investment to ASEAN countries

Jie Wu, Jacob Wood, and Haejin Jang

Chapter 7: The linkage between international financial integration and income inequality: New evidence on threshold effects

Sook-Rei Tan and Wai-Mun Chia

Chapter 8: COVID-19: Its impact on trade and development in the ASEAN region

Jacob Wood, Haejin Jang, and Benedict Atkinson

Chapter 9: Trade network and global value chains

Akhmad Bayhaqi

Chapter 10: Big data applications in accounting: implications for the tropics

Vahid Biglari and Zahra Pourabedin

Chapter 11: Financial literacy among Ethiopian high school teenagers

Yohannes Workeaferahu Elifneh

Chapter 12: Exploring the literature for understanding of multisensory experiences in heritage boutique hotels

Zahra Pourabedin and Josephine Pryce

Chapter 13: The influence of technology acceptance model aspects on adoption of database marketing technology by tour operators in Tanzania

Omary Swallehe

Chapter 14: Analysis of challenges in developing and implementing forest policies in Tanzania

Omary Swallehe

Chapter 15: Tourism in the tropics: emerging themes and keyword analysis

K Thirumaran, Gohar Feroz Khan, and Jacob Wood


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Jacob Wood is an Associate Professor of Business at James Cook University (JCU), Singapore.

Taha Chaiechi is an Associate Professor of Economics in the College of Business, Law, and Governance at James Cook University (JCU), Cairns, Australia.

K Thirumaran is the Academic Head for JCUS Business School, James Cook University (JCU), Singapore.