Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/34883
Authors: 
Wunnava, Phanindra V.
Leiter, Daniel B.
Year of Publication: 
2008
Series/Report no.: 
IZA Discussion Papers 3666
Abstract: 
This paper employs cross-sectional data from 100 countries to analyze the main determinants of inter-country Internet diffusion rates. We set up an empirical model based on strong theoretical foundations, in which we regress Internet usage on variables that capture social, economic and political differences between these countries. Our results support past findings that economic strength, infrastructure and knowledge of the English language positively affect Internet connectivity. In addition to these indicators, the openness of a country, tertiary enrollment, and income equality are found to also have a significant positive effect on Internet diffusion.
Subjects: 
Internet
technological diffusion
inequality
education
English proficiency
JEL: 
O33
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Document Type: 
Working Paper

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