Discussion Paper

No. 2018-66 | September 17, 2018
Assessing e-commerce productivity for French micro firms using Propensity Score Matching


The benefits of e-commerce are apparent not only for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and large firms, but also for micro firms. Hence, implementing e-sales for micro firms is worth exploring. This study examines the relationship between the use of e-commerce and productivity implications on micro firms in France using Propensity Score Matching (PSM) for the year 2012. Data used in the analysis is based on community survey "ICT & e-commerce" for micro firms. The main objective of using PSM is to assess productivity between, on the one hand, e-selling micro firms and, on the other hand, the non e-selling micro firms. The empirical results show that e-selling micro firms are more productive and have a higher turnover in 2012.

JEL Classification:

L81, O30


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Fadila Ouaida and Samer El Hajjar (2018). Assessing e-commerce productivity for French micro firms using Propensity Score Matching. Economics Discussion Papers, No 2018-66, Kiel Institute for the World Economy. http://www.economics-ejournal.org/economics/discussionpapers/2018-66

Comments and Questions

Anonymous - Referee Report 1
October 22, 2018 - 08:12

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Fadila Ouaida - answers' on referee comments
November 05, 2018 - 09:34

Dear reviewer,

On behalf of the co-author and I, we would like to thank you for taking time to consider our work, and for all your constructive and interesting comments regarding our paper.
Attached are the answers/explanations on your comments.
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... for your concerns.

Kind Regards,

Anonymous - Referee Report 2
October 24, 2018 - 11:08

see attached file