Victor Couture

2016 Hellman Fellow

Assistant Professor, Business
UC Berkeley

Project Title: The Gains from Online Integration: Evidence from County-Level Panel Data in China (joint proposal)

Over the past 15 years more than half of China’s population have been connected to and by the internet. Despite this astounding trajectory, we currently know relatively little about the economic consequences of online integration in developing countries in general, and for the Chinese economy in particular. This project aims to construct a new database covering both the geography and the time series of internet access in China, and to use this new database to learn about the impact of online integration on local economies and in the aggregate.

“Support from the Hellman fellowship allowed us to pursue this research project without financial uncertainty or compromise on data coverage or quality.”