No Uber, no tourists? Public attitudes toward municipal regulation of the sharing economy

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The rise of the sharing economy has led to political fights between users of these platforms, local government officials, city residents, and members of the traditional taxi and hotel industries. Municipalities have crafted policies that restrict the operation of sharing economy companies in a variety of ways. However, scholars have not systematically analysed public attitudes regarding these policies. What local-level regulations of the sharing economy, if any, do citizens support? What factors explain citizen support for municipal regulation of the sharing economy? Further, given that these services are popular with travellers, what impact do local sharing economy restrictions have on tourism intentions? In this article, I analyse a series of survey questions from the 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES) and find that a majority of Americans support some, but not all, sharing economy regulations. Additionally, local restrictions on sharing economy companies are associated with decreased tourism intentions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)331-346
Number of pages16
JournalLocal Government Studies
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021


  • Local government
  • regulation
  • sharing economy
  • tourism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Sociology and Political Science


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