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Social Interactions and the Digital Divide: Identification and Policy Implications

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  • Miniaci Raffaele

    () (University of Brescia)

  • Parisi Maria Laura

    () (University of Brescia)

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In the light of recent policies aiming at raising the computer literacy of young generations and at reducing the digital divide, this paper analyzes to what extent the probability of an individual having computer abilities is affected by the computer skills of her household's other members, i.e. if there are significant within household peer effects. We show how peer effects can be identified when skills are measured with a continuous variable and the learning costs are increasing and convex. Our application on a sample of Italian households indicates that peer abilities within a family significantly increase the individual probability of being skilled.

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  • Miniaci Raffaele & Parisi Maria Laura, 2006. "Social Interactions and the Digital Divide: Identification and Policy Implications," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 5(1), pages 1-28, October.
  • Handle: RePEc:bpj:bejeap:v:contributions.5:y:2006:i:1:n:29
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    1. Paolo Guerrieri & Sara Bentivegna (ed.), 2011. "The Economic Impact of Digital Technologies," Books, Edward Elgar Publishing, number 14361, April.
    2. Federico Biagi & ?Danilo Cavapozzi & ?Raffaele Miniaci, 2007. "Technology, Skills and Retirement," "Marco Fanno" Working Papers 0042, Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno".

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