How Questions and Answers Shape Online Marketplaces: The Case of Amazon Answer

dc.contributor.author Khern-am-nuai, Warut
dc.contributor.author Ghasemkhani, Hossein
dc.contributor.author Kannan, Karthik
dc.date.accessioned 2016-12-29T00:24:07Z
dc.date.available 2016-12-29T00:24:07Z
dc.date.issued 2017-01-04
dc.description.abstract This paper uses data from two online shopping platforms to investigate the economic implications of the Q&A system. This research problem becomes increasingly important as many websites start to adopt the Q&A system. Yet, its economic implications have not been discussed in the previous literature. We employ the difference-in-differences analysis to examine the effect of Q&A elements on product sales. We find that question elements negatively affect sales while answer elements have a positive impact. Also, an increase in the number of question is positively correlated with the number of reviews. Meanwhile, an increase in the number of answers reduces the average length of reviews. Our findings suggest that incorporating the Q&A system could be a potential approach to drive sales. However, it is crucially important for managers to develop appropriate policies to gather necessary answers to questions asked on the platform in order to capitalize on such system.
dc.format.extent 10 pages
dc.identifier.doi 10.24251/HICSS.2017.101
dc.identifier.isbn 978-0-9981331-0-2
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10125/41252
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Proceedings of the 50th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
dc.rights Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subject Online discussion
dc.subject Economics of IS
dc.subject Difference in Differences
dc.title How Questions and Answers Shape Online Marketplaces: The Case of Amazon Answer
dc.type Conference Paper
dc.type.dcmi Text
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