Digital Divide: Determinants and Policies with Special Reference to Asia

Date: October 2002
Type: Papers and Briefs
Subject:
Series: Economics Working Papers
ISSN: 1655-5252 (print)
Author: Quibria, M. G.; Ahmed, Shamsun N.; Tschang, Ted; Reyes-Macasaquit, Mari-Len

Description

Access to new information and communication technologies (ICT) remains extremely unequally distributed across and within societies. While there have been a good deal of popular discussions about this "digital divide", not much is known about the quantitative significance of its various determinants. By undertaking a set of cross-country regressions, the paper finds that income, education, and infrastructure play a critical role in shaping the divide. Based on this analysis, the paper also offers some policy suggestions as to how to promote wider diffusion of ICT in poorer societies.

Contents

  • Abstract
  • Introduction
  • Types of ICT
  • Determinants of ICT Adoption
  • Policies to Promote ICT
  • Conclusion
  • References