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Customer reactions to a webshop’s service quality

Franz Hackl () and Rudolf Winter-Ebmer ()
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Franz Hackl: JKU Linz

Empirica, 2020, vol. 47, issue 4, No 1, 699-731

Abstract: Abstract E-commerce has become an integral part of the world’s economy. In this study we investigate the impact of service quality in e-tailing on site visits and consumer demand. Such an analysis is important given the almost Bertrand-like competitive structure. Our analysis is based on a large representative data set obtained from a price comparison site covering essentially the complete Austrian e-tailing market. Customer evaluations for a broad range of 15 different service characteristics are condensed using factor analysis. Negative binomial regression analysis is used to measure the impact of service quality dimensions on referral requests to online shops for different product categories. Our results show that the most important service quality aspects are those related to the ordering process and the firm’s website performance.

Keywords: E-commerce; Price comparison; Horizontal service differentiation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: M31 L81 L25 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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DOI: 10.1007/s10663-019-09453-6

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