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Race, internet usage, and e-commerce

  • Hiroshi Ono
  • Madeline Zavodny

The authors examine racial and ethnic differences in computer ownership and Internet usage using data from a survey conducted by the Nomura Research Institute in 2000. They focus on on-line shopping because few studies have examined racial and ethnic differences in e-commerce. The results indicate that blacks and Hispanics are less likely to own or use a computer than are non-Hispanic whites but are not less likely to shop on-line. Indeed, blacks appear to shop on-line more frequently and to spend more than non-Hispanic whites do.

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Article provided by Springer in its journal The Review of Black Political Economy.

Volume (Year): 30 (2003)
Issue (Month): 3 (December)
Pages: 7-22

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