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Distance Selling, Internet and Price Dynamics (Vente a Distance, Internet
et Dynamique des Prix) (French)

23 Pages Posted: 6 Aug 2010  

Philippe Askenazy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics; Paris School of Economics (PSE)

Claire Celerier

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management

Delphine Irac

Banque de France

Date Written: July 1, 2010

Abstract

The share of retail sales made via distance selling has increased steadily, driven by Internet sales. Meanwhile, a large body of research has been devoted to measuring the impact of online shopping on consumer prices. These studies are based primarily on microeconomic data and they reveal contrasting effects due to diverging microeconomic behaviours. This paper aims to use a macro-sector estimation to show how the price-decreasing effects of Internet shopping outweigh the price-increasing effects. In that purpose, we use French price index series and distance selling sales covering about 30 sectors, from 1990 to 2007. We find that downward effects dominate: the recent development of distance selling, due to the development of online selling, results in lower prices.

Notes: downloadable document is in French

Keywords: e-Commerce, Price, Competition

JEL Classification: D12, E31, L8

Suggested Citation

Askenazy, Philippe and Celerier, Claire and Irac, Delphine, Distance Selling, Internet and Price Dynamics (Vente a Distance, Internet et Dynamique des Prix) (French) (July 1, 2010). Banque de France Working Paper No. 288. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1653872 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1653872

Philippe Askenazy

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Schaumburg-Lippe-Str. 7 / 9
Bonn, D-53072
Germany

Paris School of Economics (PSE) ( email )

48 Boulevard Jourdan
Paris, 75014 75014
France

Claire Celerier

University of Toronto - Rotman School of Management ( email )

105 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 3E6 M5S1S4
Canada

Delphine Irac (Contact Author)

Banque de France ( email )

Paris
France

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