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Trade and Competition Policy in the Digital Era

Trade and Competition Policy in the Digital... I. INTR017UC:TION The conduct of business on the Internet, not only buying and selling but also servicing customers and collaborating with business partners, is today a major shaping issue of businesses strategies and corporate cultures and capabilities. Companies are using the Web to buy parts and supplies from other companies, to collaborate on sales promotions and to do joint research. Considering that electronic commerce will play an important role in transforming large shares of the economy, it is worthwhile discussing how trade is likely to be affected by electronic commerce. It is generally held that electronic commerce will have a major impact on two types of products. First, a number of products which traditionally have been delivered as "goods" can now be sent across borders in digital form. This category of products is basically software and media products and includes film, various types of printed material, video games and various recorded information on carrier media such as tapes, CDs, CD-Roms and diskettes. Second, electronic commerce will strongly affect trade in services. The Internet makes it possible to sell a variety of services-for example, airline tickets, financial or insurance products, customer support, data-processing services and legal, health, education or http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World Investment and Trade Brill

Trade and Competition Policy in the Digital Era

Journal of World Investment and Trade , Volume 4 (6): 24 – Jan 1, 2003

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Brill
Copyright
Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1660-7112
eISSN
2211-9000
DOI
10.1163/221190003X00048
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Abstract

I. INTR017UC:TION The conduct of business on the Internet, not only buying and selling but also servicing customers and collaborating with business partners, is today a major shaping issue of businesses strategies and corporate cultures and capabilities. Companies are using the Web to buy parts and supplies from other companies, to collaborate on sales promotions and to do joint research. Considering that electronic commerce will play an important role in transforming large shares of the economy, it is worthwhile discussing how trade is likely to be affected by electronic commerce. It is generally held that electronic commerce will have a major impact on two types of products. First, a number of products which traditionally have been delivered as "goods" can now be sent across borders in digital form. This category of products is basically software and media products and includes film, various types of printed material, video games and various recorded information on carrier media such as tapes, CDs, CD-Roms and diskettes. Second, electronic commerce will strongly affect trade in services. The Internet makes it possible to sell a variety of services-for example, airline tickets, financial or insurance products, customer support, data-processing services and legal, health, education or

Journal

Journal of World Investment and TradeBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2003

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