Title

The Digital Divide: Determinants and Policies with Special Reference to Asia

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-2003

Abstract

Access to the 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 a wider diffusion of ICT in poorer societies.

Keywords

Information and communication technology, Digital divide, Education, Asia

Discipline

Asian Studies | Growth and Development | Technology and Innovation

Research Areas

Strategy and Organisation

Publication

Journal of Asian Economics

Volume

13

Issue

6

First Page

811

Last Page

825

ISSN

1049-0078

Identifier

10.1016/s1049-0078(02)00186-0

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/s1049-0078(02)00186-0