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ICTs and Urban Microenterprises: Identifying and Maximizing Opportunities for Economic Development


  • Vigneswara Ilavarasan
  • Mark R Levy


The research reported here was guided by three questions: (1) What are the current and potential patterns of mobile phone, landline, PC, and Internet café use among urban microentrepreneurs? (2) Are mobile phones, PCs, and Internet cafés related to the stability or growth of urban microenterprises? (3) Can we identify those urban microentrepreneurs and/or microenterprises for which ICT use is associated with economic growth?

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  • Vigneswara Ilavarasan & Mark R Levy, 2010. "ICTs and Urban Microenterprises: Identifying and Maximizing Opportunities for Economic Development," Working Papers id:2819, eSocialSciences.
  • Handle: RePEc:ess:wpaper:id:2819 Note: Institutional Papers

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    economic development; mobile phone; landline; PCs; internet cafe; ICTs; urban; micro entrepreneurs; stability; growth; potential; patterns; mumbai city; india; communication;

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