Title

Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies on Country Development: Accounting for Area Relationships.

Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

10-2008

Abstract

Single-item composite indices gauge ICT readiness at the country level but do not represent the direct impact of ICTs on a country's development. This paper describes a new approach to measuring the macrolevel impacts of ICTs across a range of development areas. The indirect effects of one area on others is taken into consideration by a simultaneous equation model that permits the inclusion of multiple development areas. The model is applied to data pertaining to four development areas in 64 countries: trade flows, agricultural productivity, R&D, and quality of life. ICT readiness is found to have a positive association with trade flows and R&D, but the impact depends on the country's development level. The strengths and limitations of this modeling approach, and the implications of the results, are assessed.

Keywords

Country assessment, Development, Economic analysis, E-readiness, ICTs, Index measures, Measurement, Policy-making, Simultaneous equation model, Three-stage least squares

Discipline

Computer Sciences

Research Areas

Information Systems and Management

Publication

International Journal of Electronic Commerce

Volume

13

Issue

1

First Page

11

Last Page

58

ISSN

1086-4415

Identifier

10.2753/JEC1086-4415130101

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles

Copyright Owner and License

M E SHARPE INC, 80 BUSINESS PARK DR, ARMONK, NY 10504 USA

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