Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies on Country Development: Accounting for Area Relationships.
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.
Country assessment, Development, Economic analysis, E-readiness, ICTs, Index measures, Measurement, Policy-making, Simultaneous equation model, Three-stage least squares
Information Systems and Management
International Journal of Electronic Commerce
Taylor & Francis (Routledge): SSH Titles
KAUFFMAN, Robert John and Kumar, A..
Impacts of Information and Communication Technologies on Country Development: Accounting for Area Relationships.. (2008). International Journal of Electronic Commerce. 13, (1), 11-58. Research Collection School Of Information Systems.
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