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The determinants of Internet use controlling for income level: Cross-country empirical evidence

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  • Mocnik, Dijana
  • Sirec, Karin

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This paper seeks to explain the intensity of Internet use in terms of information and communication technology (ICT) and other socioeconomic indicators (i.e., economic, investment, international trade, educational, and population distribution) according to income. Using factor analysis, the three most important factors were extracted; their factors scores are used for further regression analysis to estimate impact on Internet usage. The strongest positive and most significant impact on Internet use was the ICT infrastructure and people capabilities, followed by income distribution, and investment and international trade. These results demonstrate that the size of the impact differs across income groups, as hypothesized.

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  • Mocnik, Dijana & Sirec, Karin, 2010. "The determinants of Internet use controlling for income level: Cross-country empirical evidence," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 22(3), pages 243-256, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:iepoli:v:22:y:2010:i:3:p:243-256
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    1. Corrado Benassi & Marcella Scrimitore, 2017. "Income Distribution in Network Markets," Journal of Industry, Competition and Trade, Springer, vol. 17(3), pages 251-271, September.
    2. PENARD Thierry & POUSSING Nicolas & MUKOKO Blaise & TAMOKWE Georges Bertrand, 2013. "Internet adoption and usage patterns in Africa: Evidence from Cameroon," LISER Working Paper Series 2013-22, LISER.
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    4. Thierry PENARD & Nicolas POUSSING & Gabriel ZOMO YEBE & Philémon NSI ELLA, 2012. "Comparing the Determinants of Internet and Cell Phone Use in Africa: Evidence from Gabon," Communications & Strategies, IDATE, Com&Strat dept., vol. 1(86), pages 65-83, 2nd quart.
    5. PENARD Thierry & POUSSING Nicolas & ZOMO YEBE Gabriel & NSI ELLA Philémon, 2012. "Usage d'Internet et du téléphone mobile en Afrique : une comparaison des déterminants d'adoption sur données gabonaises," LISER Working Paper Series 2012-15, LISER.

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