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The Productivity impact of E-Commerce in the UK, 2001: Evidence from microdata

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  • Ana Rincon-Aznar
  • Dr Catherine Robinson
  • Dr Michela Vecchi

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This paper considers the impact of e-commerce on establishment level productivity for all sectors of the economy, using data from the UK E-commerce survey. E-Commerce represents the operational application of technology in the production process and may be regarded as an innovation driven change in workplace practice. Using a production function approach to measuring productivity, we find that OLS estimation fails to adequately account for the selectivity bias amongst enterprises that use e-commerce. Using a treatment effect estimator, we find that both e-buying and e-selling have significant and positive impacts on productivity.

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  • Ana Rincon-Aznar & Dr Catherine Robinson & Dr Michela Vecchi, 2005. "The Productivity impact of E-Commerce in the UK, 2001: Evidence from microdata," National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR) Discussion Papers 257, National Institute of Economic and Social Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:nsr:niesrd:257
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