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Title:Regional versus individual aspects of the digital divide in Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Schleife, Katrin
Issue Date:2006
Series/Report no.:Darmstadt discussion papers in economics 177
Abstract:This paper analyzes the regional dimension of the German digital divide. It considers the impact of regional characteristics on differences in the share of Internet use between German counties. In addition, it studies the influence of regional factors as well as individual characteristics on the individual probability of becoming a new Internet user. Based on two large data sets, SOEP and INKAR, the analyses show that it is not the rusticity of a region itself that explains regional differences in Internet use. The results rather indicate that it is the different composition of the population between rural and urban areas that accounts for the regional digital divide.
Subjects:digital divide
Internet use
regional differences
JEL:O33
O18
R20
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Darmstadt Discussion Papers in Economics, Inst. f. VWL, TU Darmstadt

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