Facilitating Inclusive Global Trade: Evidence from a Field Experiment

37 Pages Posted: 27 Sep 2015 Last revised: 4 Mar 2019

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Xiang Hui

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School

Date Written: March 2, 2019

Abstract

How can we make global trade inclusive for smaller sellers and firms? I show that an e-commerce platform could increase on-site exports from small sellers through integrating existing logistics services. Export increase comes exclusively along the extensive margin, i.e., from new sellers or new destinations, and is larger for more distant countries and differentiated products. I provide strong evidence that the export increase is driven by a reduction in export entry costs. I discuss the role of resource integration and the importance of reducing export entry costs for facilitating inclusive global trade.

Keywords: Distributional gains from trade, e-commerce platform, international trade, randomized field experiment

Suggested Citation

Hui, Xiang, Facilitating Inclusive Global Trade: Evidence from a Field Experiment (March 2, 2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2663805 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2663805

Xiang Hui (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - John M. Olin Business School ( email )

One Brookings Drive
Campus Box 1133
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States

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