Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/52773
Authors: 
Claessens, Stijn
Kingebiel, Daniela
Schmukler, Sergio L.
Year of Publication: 
2002
Series/Report no.: 
WIDER Discussion Papers // World Institute for Development Economics (UNU-WIDER) 2002/94
Abstract: 
The purpose of the study is two-fold. First, it examines whether Internet usage converges across the geographical space comprising the European Union and Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). Second, it aims to expand the currently rather limited empirical evidence on the determinants of Internet usage. With regards to convergence, the data show β and σ convergence over the period 1995 to 2001, although the speed of convergence is low. The empirical analysis of the determinants of Internet usage across CEE shows that the state of liberalization of the telecommunications sector and the state of political and civil freedoms are important factors in addition to the more traditional variables such as per capita income, openness to foreign influences and education. – Internet ; transition economies ; institutions ; communication technology
JEL: 
G15
G18
G20
ISBN: 
9291903159
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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