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Internet y la capacidad de innovar en América Latina

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  • Alberto Chong

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  • Alejandro Micco

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(Disponible en idioma inglés únicamente) En este trabajo presentamos una panorámica general de la situación de internet en América Latina y sostenemos que si bien los países latinoamericanos se han incorporado relativamente tarde, en principio pueden ponerse al día con mayor rapidez y a un costo menor. Pero eso depende del entorno de la innovación en esos países; en ese respecto, puede que la adopción de internet no se diferencie de la de otros avances tecnológicos. En este trabajo también se trata cómo el grado de innovación de un país explica en parte el grado al que se pueden absorber nuevas tecnologías con mayor eficacia. Lo sorprendente de esta relación es que sea válida, incluso cuando se aísla el hecho de que los países con mejor infraestructura telefónica también son los que tienen más proveedores de servicios de internet. Hallamos que la capacidad de innovar y asimilar nuevas tecnologías no es sólo cuestión de ingresos o de la capacidad de la infraestructura.

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Paper provided by Inter-American Development Bank, Research Department in its series Research Department Publications with number 4292.

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