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Title:Regional Versus Individual Aspects of the Digital Divide in Germany PDF Logo
Authors:Schleife, Katrin
Issue Date:2008
Series/Report no.:ZEW Discussion Papers 06-85 [rev.2]
Abstract:This paper analyzes the regional dimension of the German digital divide. It studies the determinants of home Internet use in Germany on the level of counties as well as on the level of individuals. Based on two large data sets, the analyses show that population density itself cannot explain regional differences in Internet use rates. The results rather indicate that it is the different composition of individual characteristics between rural and urban populations that accounts for the regional digital divide. At individual level, the findings underline the importance of network effects.
Subjects:digital divide
Internet use
network effects
JEL:R20
O18
O33
older Version:http://hdl.handle.net/10419/24540
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:Publikationen von Forscherinnen und Forschern des ZEW
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