Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/213327
Authors: 
Rösner, Anja
Haucap, Justus
Heimeshoff, Ulrich
Year of Publication: 
2020
Series/Report no.: 
DICE Discussion Paper 330
Abstract: 
We investigate the effect of an EU-wide consumer protection regulation on consumer trust as well as consumer behavior. The Unfair Commercial Practice Directive (UCPD) was implemented by EU member states between 2007 and 2010. We utilize data from the Special and Flash Eurobarometer for the years between 2006 and 2014 and experts' evaluation on consumer protection levels before the introduction of the regulation. This rich data set allows us to apply a difference-in-difference estimator with multiple time periods. We find a significant relationship between the introduction of the UCPD and consumer trust and cross-border purchases for countries with a low consumer protection level before the introduction of the UCPD. The relationship increases over time and stays then relatively constant.
Subjects: 
Consumer Protection
UCPD
B2C
E-Commerce
Consumer Trust
Cross-border Purchase
JEL: 
D18
K20
L50
L51
ISBN: 
978-3-86304-329-2
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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