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Determinants of adoption of Internet in Africa: Case of 17 sub-Saharan countries

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  • Birba, Ousmane
  • Diagne, Abdoulaye
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    This study develops two-level hierarchical model that identifies factors that favor or hamper the use of Internet in Africa. We used data from a survey covering 17 African countries. Our results confirm that urbanization and the spread of Internet infrastructures play an important role in individual decisions to adopt this technology. They also reveal that an individual will have a larger probability to use Internet if he/she has at least completed primary education.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.

    Volume (Year): 23 (2012)
    Issue (Month): 4 ()
    Pages: 463-472

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:streco:v:23:y:2012:i:4:p:463-472

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    Keywords: Internet adoption; Hierarchical models; Africa;

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    1. Chinn, Menzie David & Fairlie, Robert W, 2004. "The Determinants of the Global Digital Divide: A Cross-Country Analysis of Computer and Internet Penetration," Santa Cruz Department of Economics, Working Paper Series qt76x9876q, Department of Economics, UC Santa Cruz.
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