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The Economic Factors Affecting Internet Diffusion in Iran Using the Fuzzy Regression


  • Salmani , Behzad

    () (Professor of Economics, University of Tabriz)

  • Zolghadr, Hamid

    () (Ph.D. Student in Economics, University of Tabriz)

  • Shokri, Mostafa

    () (Ph.D. Student in Economics, University of Tabriz)


Internet by creating new conditions and opportunities for economic growth, allows the less developed countries to reduce their deep economic gap with developed countries. The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of economic factors on the internet diffusion in Iran over the period of 1994-2015. Using a fuzzy regression, this study is going to estimate the type of relationship between variables which estimates a range of possible values of parameters. Results of the model show that, per capita income, urbanization rate, openness, human capital, and share of the service sector in GDP have a positive effect on the internet diffusion. But the impact of agriculture sector’s share in GDP is negative on the internet diffusion.

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  • Salmani , Behzad & Zolghadr, Hamid & Shokri, Mostafa, 2017. "The Economic Factors Affecting Internet Diffusion in Iran Using the Fuzzy Regression," Quarterly Journal of Applied Theories of Economics, Faculty of Economics, Management and Business, University of Tabriz, vol. 4(3), pages 91-116, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:ris:qjatoe:0083

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    Economic factors; Fuzzy regression; Internet diffusion; Per capita income.;

    JEL classification:

    • C20 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - General
    • E23 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - Consumption, Saving, Production, Employment, and Investment - - - Production
    • O10 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development - - - General
    • O30 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - General


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