【4月10日】【CEMA研讨会2019春季第六讲—龙马奋进·校庆70周年学术系列讲座】E-Commerce Integration and Economic Development- Evidence发布日期：2019-09-12 21:13:38
论文题目：E-Commerce Integration and Economic Development: Evidence from China
论文摘要：E-commerce markets are rapidly growing in the developing world, but this growth has until recently been limited to urban areas. Inspired by growth in cities and numerous case studies on the transformative effects of e-commerce trading on rural markets, policy makers are now targeting large investments to expand access to e-commerce outside of cities. In this paper, we investigate the effect of the first nationwide e-commerce expansion program on household welfare and the underlying channels at work. The program invests in the necessary logistics to ship products to and sell products from tens of thousands of Chinese villages that were largely unconnected to e-commerce. Our analysis combines a new collection of survey and administrative microdata with a randomized control trial (RCT) that we implement across villages in collaboration with a large e-commerce firm. We find that the gains from e-commerce trading are sizable, but only accrue to a minority of rural households who tend to be younger and richer. In contrast to existing case study evidence, we find little evidence for significant income gains to the average rural producer or worker. Instead, the gains are driven by the consumption side, through a significant reduction in household cost of living that is most pronounced in more remote rural markets. Our results also suggest that these effects are mainly due to overcoming the logistical barriers to e-commerce in rural markets, rather than to additional investments targeted at adapting e-commerce to the rural population.
报告人简介：谷一桢，暨南大学经济与社会研究院副院长、副教授。2015年获得加州大学伯克利分校城市和区域规划博士学位，2004年获得中国人民大学经济学硕士学位。他的研究领域包括城市经济学、交通、互联网。他的研究成果已发表在Review of Economic and Statistics, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management等国际期刊。