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Sources of Cross-national Heterogeneity in E-retail Spending: Evidence from Country-Level Data

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  • Nir Kshetri

    (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)

  • Ralf Bebenroth

    (Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration (RIEB), Kobe University, Japan)

  • Nicholas C. Williamson

    (The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)

Abstract

The global e-retail industry is growing rapidly. Economies worldwide, however, differ greatly in the development of the e-retail industry. Using data from forty-seven economies, this paper empirically examines how technological, economic, and institutional factors explain international heterogeneity in e-retail spending. The results indicated that broadband penetration was the strongest predictor of e-retail spending. We found that externalities mechanisms generated by the development of the conventional retail industry drives the growth of the e-retailing industry. Our findings also indicated that the degree of concentration of traditional retail sites is negatively related to the development of the e-retailing industry.

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Paper provided by Research Institute for Economics & Business Administration, Kobe University in its series Discussion Paper Series with number DP2010-29.

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Length: 37 pages
Date of creation: Oct 2010
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Handle: RePEc:kob:dpaper:dp2010-29

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Keywords: E-retailing externality mechanisms; Time series cross sectional models; Economic freedom; Broadband penetration;

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