Working Paper

The Internet and Chinese Exports in the Pre-Alibaba Era

Show simple item record

collection.link.5
https://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/9
collection.name.5
Policy Research Working Papers
dc.contributor.author
Fernandes, Ana M.
dc.contributor.author
Mattoo, Aaditya
dc.contributor.author
Nguyen, Huy
dc.contributor.author
Schiffbauer, Marc
dc.date.accessioned
2017-12-01T18:13:05Z
dc.date.available
2017-12-01T18:13:05Z
dc.date.issued
2017-11
dc.date.lastModified
2021-06-08T14:42:47Z
dc.description.abstract
This paper uses the dramatic expansion of access to the Internet in China to analyze the impact of the Internet on firm performance. The paper combines firm-level production data with province-level information on Internet penetration to examine how the rollout of the Internet across Chinese provinces between 1999 and 2007 influenced firms' export behavior. The econometric strategy enables identifying the impact of the Internet on firm performance in China. The paper shows that the rollout of the Internet boosted manufacturing exports of firms in China, even before the rise of major e-commerce platforms in the country such as Alibaba. The paper takes a closer look at why, focusing on three questions: what aspects of firm performance were affected, what types of firm communication were facilitated, and what dimensions of the new communication medium were relevant? The paper finds that the Internet not only enhanced trade, but also improved overall firm performance. The results are consistent with improvements in communication with buyers and input suppliers. The benefits arose not just from better communication, but from establishing a visible virtual presence, and were enhanced by, but not contingent on, access to broadband.
en
dc.identifier
http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/303041511892965517/The-internet-and-Chinese-exports-in-the-pre-Alibaba-era
dc.identifier.uri
http://hdl.handle.net/10986/28923
dc.language
English
dc.publisher
World Bank, Washington, DC
dc.relation.ispartofseries
Policy Research Working Paper;No. 8262
dc.rights
CC BY 3.0 IGO
dc.rights.holder
World Bank
dc.rights.uri
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/igo
dc.subject
INTERNET
dc.subject
ICT
dc.subject
INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGIES
dc.subject
EXPORT COMPETITIVENESS
dc.subject
FIRM-LEVEL DATA
dc.title
The Internet and Chinese Exports in the Pre-Alibaba Era
en
dc.type
Working Paper
en
okr.crossref.title
The Internet and Chinese Exports in the Pre-Alibaba Era
okr.date.disclosure
2017-11-28
okr.doctype
Publications & Research
okr.doctype
Publications & Research :: Policy Research Working Paper
okr.docurl
http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/303041511892965517/The-internet-and-Chinese-exports-in-the-pre-Alibaba-era
okr.googlescholar.linkpresent
yes
okr.identifier.doi
10.1596/1813-9450-8262
okr.identifier.externaldocumentum
090224b08539d6ae_1_0
okr.identifier.internaldocumentum
28732727
okr.identifier.report
WPS8262
okr.imported
true
en
okr.language.supported
en
okr.pdfurl
http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/303041511892965517/pdf/WPS8262.pdf
en
okr.region.administrative
East Asia and Pacific
okr.region.country
China
okr.statistics.dr
303041511892965517
okr.topic
Information and Communication Technologies :: ICT Economics
okr.topic
Information and Communication Technologies :: ICT Policy and Strategies
okr.topic
International Economics and Trade :: Export Competitiveness
okr.topic
International Economics and Trade :: Trade and Services
okr.unit
Trade and International Integration Team, Development Research Group

Show simple item record



This item appears in the following Collection(s)