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Factors Affecting the Online Economy

Schmuck, Roland (2013): Factors Affecting the Online Economy. Published in: Regional Formation and Development Studies , Vol. 11, No. 3 (2013): pp. 217-224.


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The online economy takes a huge role in today’s globalized world. Internet as a general purpose technology changes how companies operate, but it also changes the markets. The online economy has a huge effect on people’s everyday life, private and public companies as well. The goal of this paper is to analyse the global online economy by countries of origin answering the question which countries dominate the internet. After deep literature survey on the subject the Alexa Top 500 database is used to analyse it by the most visited websites in the world. The analysis shows the online economy is dominated by the USA and China. Correlation analysis confirms that GDP correlates with websites originating from that country. This means highly developed countries have better online economy with more websites, dominating the online economy.

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