COVID-19 and the Demand for Online Food Shopping Services: Empirical Evidence from Taiwan
Hung-Hao Chang () and
No 27427, NBER Working Papers from National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc
We investigate how the coronavirus pandemic affected the demand for online food shopping services using data from the largest agri-food e-commerce platform in Taiwan. We find that an additional confirmed case of COVID-19 increased sales by 5.7% and the number of customers by 4.9%. The demand for grains, fresh fruit and vegetables, and frozen foods increased the most, which benefited small farms over agribusinesses. Online food shopping was highly responsive to COVID-19 media coverage and online content. Because Taiwan did not impose a stay-at-home order, the demand for online food shopping may be similar in other countries after they lift mobility restrictions.
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Published as Hung‐Hao Chang & Chad D. Meyerhoefer, 2021. "‐19 and the Demand for Online Food Shopping Services: Empirical Evidence from Taiwan," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, vol 103(2), pages 448-465.
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