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What does Economic Research tell us about Cross-border e-Commerce in the EU Digital Single Market? A Summary of Recent Research

  • Authors: Bertin Martens
  • EUR Number: 25844 EN
  • Publication date: 3/2013


This working paper presents a non-technical summary of the latest economic research studies on cross-border e-commerce in the EU and elsewhere, and combines this with findings from older research on this subject. It compares online with offline cross-border trade and investigates the differences in drivers and impediments to both. It also looks into research findings regarding consumer motives for shifting from offline to online trade and explores possible sources of increased consumer benefits that result from this shift. Finally, it flags issues for further research. The main purpose of this working paper is to bring the findings from recent research together in a coherent framework and make it accessible to stakeholders and decision-makers involved in EU policy-making on the Digital Agenda for Europe and the EU Digital Single Market.

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