International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

Internet Use and Firms’ Exports: Empirical Findings Based on Chinese Enterprise Survey Data
Min Wang, Fang Li

Using data from the World Bank’s EnterpriseSurvey, thisempirical study identifies the effects of Internet use onexport frequency and intensity of firms in China. The results show that Internet use has a positive effect on the probability and intensity of enterprise export. In order to test the robustness of this result, this paper changes the construction method of the core explanatory variable, and finds that Internet use still plays a significant role in promoting the export of enterprises. Further, in view of the possible endogeneity problems caused by selection bias, this paper uses the balanced samples of propensity score matching(PSM) method for regression analysis, and the results are still robust. Finally,we find that firms with high capacity are more likely both toenter export markets and to be export intensive.

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