Cross-national heterogeneity in e-retail spending: a longitudinal analysis of economic, technological and political forces
Williamson, Nicholas C.
Sharma, Ravi Shankar
Date of Issue2014
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information
This paper examines the technological, market, industry and institutional sources associated with the cross-national heterogeneity in e-retail spending. We used the economic theory of complementarities as the theoretical framework and estimated panel data models for 10 year data from 43 countries to test our hypotheses. We identified various activities and resources in the e-retail ecosystems that may produce positive or negative externalities in the development of the e-retail industry. We found that broadband Internet is an important determinant of an economy’s e-readiness in explaining international heterogeneity in e-retail spending. We also found various specific attributes of the traditional retail environment that produce enhancing effects as well as suppressing effects for e-retail spending.
DRNTU::Business::Information technology::Electronic commerce
Electronic Commerce Research
© 2014 Springer Science+Business Media New York. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Electronic Commerce Research, Springer Science+Business Media New York. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10660-014-9159-y].