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Social and cultural factors as a determinate of ICT expenditures: an empirical study

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  • Larry Allen
  • Vivek Natarajan
  • Donald Price

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Information and communication technologies (ICT) have come to hold an important place in strategies for promoting economic growth and development in developing countries. It is known that ICT expenditures as a percent of GDP vary between countries. An elevated rate of ICT expenditures as a percent of GDP indicates that a country is closing the digital divide gap. The primary purpose of the paper is to identify social and cultural variables that explain variations in ICT expenditures measured as a percent of GDP. A multiple regression equation is estimated to examine the impact of selected social and cultural variables on ICT expenditures. The dependent variable is ICT expenditures as a percent of GDP. The independent variables include math and science education, freedom of press, percentage of English speaking, percentage of Protestant, and number of vacation days. This study suggests two factors that give countries an advantage in assimilating information and communication technologies. One is a high quality of math and science education. Another is a government that protects freedom of the press.

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  • Larry Allen & Vivek Natarajan & Donald Price, 2012. "Social and cultural factors as a determinate of ICT expenditures: an empirical study," International Journal of Information Systems and Change Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 6(2), pages 102-111.
  • Handle: RePEc:ids:ijiscm:v:6:y:2012:i:2:p:102-111
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