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Title:The new economy and developing countries: Assessing the role of ICT diffusion PDF Logo
Authors:Baliamoune, Mina N.
Issue Date:2002
Series/Report no.:WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2002/77
Abstract:Using data from developing countries, this paper explores the nature and direction of the links between ICT diffusion and per capita income, trade and financial indicators, education, and freedom indicators. Internet hosts, Internet users, personal computers and mobile phones represent indicators of ICT. The Gompertz model of technology diffusion is used to study ICT dissemination. The results show that income and government trade policies influence ICT diffusion. Depending on the ICT indicator, freedom indices may or may not affect ICT diffusion. Moreover, only personal computers and Internet hosts seem to have a positive influence on income. Contrary to expectations, ICT diffusion does not seem to enhance education.
Subjects:information technology
communication technology
Gompertz model
ICT diffusion
economic development
freedom indicators
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:WIDER Discussion Papers, United Nations University (UNU)

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