【AEW Webinar】Market Congestion and Information Frictions on Global E-Commerce Platforms

  • 研討會日期 : 2024-04-18
  • 時間 : 08:30
  • 主講人 : Daniel Yi Xu
  • 地點 : Register and join online
  • 演講者簡介 : Professor Daniel Yi Xu is currently a Professor of Economics at Duke University and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (PR, ITI, DEV Groups). His research interests are Productivity/Innovation, International Trade/ Industrial Organization/Development .
  • 演講摘要 : We investigate how market congestion and information friction affect firm dynamics and market efficiency in global e-commerce. Observational data and self-collected quality measures from AliExpress suggest significant demand frictions and potential misallocation in the online market. A randomized experiment that offers new exporters exogenous demand and information shocks demonstrates the limited ability of existing platform mechanisms to help small sellers overcome the demand frictions. We show theoretically and quantitatively that having a large number of market participants undermines the functioning of existing online mechanisms and hinders the discovery of high-quality sellers. Policy counter factuals highlight that blanket-wide on boarding initiatives can aggravate market congestion, slow down the resolution of the information problem, and result in market misallocation.
  • Working Paper Title : Selective Entry in Cross-Border E-Commerce
  • Working Paper Speaker Biography : Hsin-Tien (Tiffany) Tsai is an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore. Her research fields are Industrial Organization and Digital Economy.