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Vente à distance, internet et dynamiques des prix

Philippe Askenazy (), Claire Celerier and Delphine Irac

Economie & Prévision, 2010, vol. n° 194, issue 3, 2-13

Abstract: The share of distance selling in total retail sales has increased steadily, driven by Internet commerce. Meanwhile, a large body of research has been devoted to measuring the impact of online shopping on consumer prices. These studies, based primarily on microeconomic data, reveal contrasting effects due to divergent microeconomic behaviors. We use a macro-sector estimation to show how the price-decreasing effects of Internet shopping outweigh the price-increasing effects. Our data comprise French price index series and distance-sales figures in about 30 sectors from 1990 to 2007. We find that downward effects prevail : the recent growth in distance selling due to the expansion of e-commerce lowered prices in the period studied.

Keywords: e-commerce; prices; competition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2010
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