EconPapers    
Economics at your fingertips  
 

The effect of geographical distance on online transactions: Evidence from the Netherlands

Ali Palali, Bas Straathof and Rinske Windig ()
Additional contact information
Rinske Windig: CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis

No 362, CPB Discussion Paper from CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis

Abstract: The rise of online trade alters the role of distance between (potential) buyers and sellers. We use data from eBay subsidiary Marktplaats.nl, one of the largest online trading platforms in the Netherlands, to estimate how distance affects the probability of a transaction between small geographical regions. We find that distance negatively and modestly affects the probability of having a transaction between two regions, and that the distribution of this probability is highly skewed: ranging from a change of 0.000 to -0.008 percentage points per marginal kilometer. The unconditional probability of a transaction is 27 percent. Distance is less influential for: advertisements with more photos advertisements placed by high-frequency advertisers for new goods in comparison to second hand goods. This suggests that information frictions might be the driving force behind the distance effect on online trade in the Netherlands.

JEL-codes: D44 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017-10
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-geo, nep-ict, nep-int, nep-mst, nep-pay and nep-ure
References: View references in EconPapers View complete reference list from CitEc
Citations: Track citations by RSS feed

Downloads: (external link)
https://www.cpb.nl/sites/default/files/omnidownloa ... ine-transactions.pdf (application/pdf)

Related works:
This item may be available elsewhere in EconPapers: Search for items with the same title.

Export reference: BibTeX RIS (EndNote, ProCite, RefMan) HTML/Text

Persistent link: https://EconPapers.repec.org/RePEc:cpb:discus:362

Access Statistics for this paper

More papers in CPB Discussion Paper from CPB Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis Contact information at EDIRC.
Bibliographic data for series maintained by ().

 
Page updated 2021-09-26
Handle: RePEc:cpb:discus:362