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Do farmers gain internet dividends from E-commerce adoption? Evidence from China

Xiaokang Li, Hongdong Guo, Songqing Jin, Wanglin Ma and Yiwu Zeng

Food Policy, 2021, vol. 101, issue C

Abstract: This study examines the effects of e-commerce adoption on household income, using survey data of 1,030 households in China. The combination of propensity score matching and difference-in-difference method is employed to address the sample selection bias associated with e-commerce adoption. The results show that e-commerce adopters obtain significantly higher income than non-adopters, and such a significant and large income gain is mainly contributed by the significant increase in sales income. E-commerce adoption has a significant and negative impact on wage income due to the labor substitution effect, while it affects transfer income insignificantly. Additional analysis reveals that the income effects of e-commerce adoption are heterogeneous across geographic locations and household-level characteristics.

Keywords: E-commerce adoption; Household income; PSM-DID; Rural China (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2021
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DOI: 10.1016/j.foodpol.2021.102024

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