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  • Ono, Hiroshi

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    (Texas A&M University)

  • Zavodny, Madeline

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    (Agnes Scott College)

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OBJECTIVE: This article examines whether there are differences in menfs and womenfs use of the Internet and whether any such gender gaps have changed in recent years. METHODS: We use data from several surveys during the period 1997 to 2001 to show trends in Internet usage and to estimate regression models of Internet usage that control for individualsf socioeconomic characteristics. RESULTS: Women were significantly less likely than men to use the Internet at all in the mid-1990s, but this gender gap in being online disappeared by 2000. However, once online, women remain less frequent and less intense users of the Internet. CONCLUSIONS: There is little reason for concern about sex inequalities in Internet access and usage now, but gender differences in frequency and intensity of Internet usage remain.

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Paper provided by Stockholm School of Economics in its series Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance with number 495.

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Length: 17 pages
Date of creation: 15 Mar 2002
Date of revision: 19 Aug 2002
Publication status: Published in Social Science Quarterly, 2003, pages 111-121.
Handle: RePEc:hhs:hastef:0495

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  1. Hiroshi Ono & Madeline Zavodny, 2002. "Race, Internet usage, and E-commerce," Working Paper 2002-1, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
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  1. Hiroshi Ono, 2005. "Digital Inequality in East Asia: Evidence from Japan, South Korea, and Singapore," Asian Economic Papers, MIT Press, vol. 4(3), pages 116-139, October.
  2. David E. Harrington, 2007. "Markets: Preserving Funeral Markets with Ready-to-Embalm Laws," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, vol. 21(4), pages 201-216, Fall.
  3. Hiroshi Ono & Madeline Zavodny, 2004. "Gender differences in information technology usage: a U.S.-Japan comparison," Working Paper 2004-2, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
  4. Michael Demoussis & Nicholas Giannakopoulos, 2006. "Facets of the digital divide in Europe: Determination and extent of internet use," Economics of Innovation and New Technology, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 15(3), pages 235-246.
  5. Cox, Joe & Collins, Alan & Drinkwater, Stephen, 2010. "Seeders, leechers and social norms: Evidence from the market for illicit digital downloading," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 22(4), pages 299-305, December.
  6. Ono, Hiroshi & Zavodny, Madeline, 2007. "Immigrants, English Ability and the Digital Divide," IZA Discussion Papers 3124, Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).
  7. Claudio Agostini & Manuel Willington, 2010. "Radiografía de la Brecha Digital en Chile: ¿Se Justifica la Intervención del Estado?," ILADES-Georgetown University Working Papers inv245, Ilades-Georgetown University, Universidad Alberto Hurtado/School of Economics and Bussines.
  8. Vergara, Sebastián & Grazzi, Matteo, 2011. "ICT access in Latin America. evidence from household level," MPRA Paper 33266, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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