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Digital Divide: Determinants and Policies with Special Reference to Asia

Publication | October 2002
Digital Divide: Determinants and Policies with Special Reference to Asia

This paper discusses about digital divide—the division of the world between those who have access to new information and communications technology (ICT) and those who do not—and provides policy suggestions to promote ICT.

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