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Barriers to European cross-border E-commerce

Alex Coad () and Nestor Duch-Brown ()
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Nestor Duch-Brown: European Commission – JRC,

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No 2017-03, JRC Working Papers on Digital Economy from Joint Research Centre (Seville site)

Abstract: We analyse survey data to investigate the main barriers to European cross-border e-commerce. We investigate the determinants of selling online, as well as the frequency and determinants of cross-border e-commerce, and the role of barriers. Large firms, which are part of a group, are more likely to sell online. Firms generally make most of their online sales to their home country, although EU firms are more likely to engage in cross-border online trade with EU countries than non-EU countries. Firms report that they are facing a variety of barriers to e-commerce. Regulatory barriers are negatively associated with online sales. There is weak evidence that firms which use their own websites are more vulnerable to financial, market and information barriers. Firms that use a large platform experience fewer financial and market barriers. On the positive side, we find that small and young firms do not seem to be more vulnerable to barriers than large or more experienced firms.

Keywords: digital single market; e-commerce; cross-border trade (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D23 K11 K12 L86 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-eur, nep-ict, nep-ind, nep-int, nep-law, nep-mkt and nep-pay
Date: 2017-11
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