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eBay’s anatomy

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  • Lendle, Andreas
  • Olarrega, Marcelo
  • Schropp, Simon
  • Vézina, Pierre-Louis

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We use a new US-firm-level dataset covering all domestic and international sales made through eBay, an online marketplace, to provide insights about firm heterogeneity in online international trade. One is that the share of firms that export is surprisingly high, at 85%.

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  • Lendle, Andreas & Olarrega, Marcelo & Schropp, Simon & Vézina, Pierre-Louis, 2013. "eBay’s anatomy," Economics Letters, Elsevier, vol. 121(1), pages 115-120.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ecolet:v:121:y:2013:i:1:p:115-120
    DOI: 10.1016/j.econlet.2013.07.016
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    Cited by:

    1. Cruz, Marcio & Milet, Emmanuel & Olarreaga, Marcelo, 2017. "Online Exports and the Wage Gap," CEPR Discussion Papers 12092, C.E.P.R. Discussion Papers.
    2. Olarreaga, Marcelo, 2016. "Trade, Infrastructure, and Development," ADBI Working Papers 626, Asian Development Bank Institute.
    3. Jaime DE MELO & Marcelo OLARREAGA, 2017. "Trade Related Institutions and Development," Working Papers P199, FERDI.
    4. Alex Coad & Nestor Duch-Brown, 2017. "Barriers to European cross-border E-commerce," JRC Working Papers on Digital Economy 2017-03, Joint Research Centre (Seville site).

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    Keywords

    Heterogeneous firms; Online trade; eBay;

    JEL classification:

    • F13 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade Policy; International Trade Organizations
    • F16 - International Economics - - Trade - - - Trade and Labor Market Interactions

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