The impacts of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and E-commerce on bilateral trade flows

Xing, Zhongwei (2018) The impacts of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) and E-commerce on bilateral trade flows. International Economics and Economic Policy . ISSN 1612-4804

Full content URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10368-017-0375-5

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This study examines the impact of Internet and e-commerce adoption on bilateral trade flows using a panel of 21 developing- and least-developed countries and 30 OECD countries. Given the commitment of East African Community (EAC) to become the frontrunner in export-led economy across the African continent, special attention is dedicated to analyse the role of ICT and e-commerce on EAC’s export performance. The empirical results indicate that better access to the modern ICT and adoption of e-commerce applications stimulate bilateral trade flows at various levels. The study notes that the efficient use of ICT equipped with high speed internet and secured servers is a crucial milestone for unlocking the e-trade potentials for developing- and least-developed counties.

Keywords:E-commerce, Bilateral trade, Gravity model, Developing- and least-developed countries
Subjects:L Social studies > L160 International Economics
L Social studies > L110 Applied Economics
L Social studies > L113 Economic Policy
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:17 Apr 2017 12:08

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