IDEAS home Printed from
   My bibliography  Save this paper

Access to Computer, Internet and Mobile Phone at Home in Finland, Ireland, Netherlands and Sweden


  • Tukiainen, Janne


The purpose of this study is to analyse statistically factors that affect individual access to and household ownership of new technology. This paper reviews the literature on the diffusion of new innovations, the use of new technology and relevant consumer theory. Also some descriptive statistics on Finland, Ireland, Netherlands and Sweden are presented. The main contributions are the logit regression analyses conducted with Dutch, Finnish and Swedish data. The Dutch part is just a review of former study by van der Veen (2003). The Finnish analysis is conducted using the Finnish household budget survey 1998. The Swedish analysis is conducted using the survey on individual ICT access and use in 2002. In the analyses conducted the research question is how region, household composition, age, gender, education, income and social position affect the probability of owning or having access to computer, Internet and mobile phone at home. The effects were similar in most respects in all the three countries. It seems that having access to these new technologies is most clearly affected by household type, age and income. The results show that the regional differences in E-access were mostly caused by demographic differences between the regions.

Suggested Citation

  • Tukiainen, Janne, 2004. "Access to Computer, Internet and Mobile Phone at Home in Finland, Ireland, Netherlands and Sweden," Discussion Papers 324, VATT Institute for Economic Research.
  • Handle: RePEc:fer:dpaper:324

    Download full text from publisher

    File URL:
    Download Restriction: no

    References listed on IDEAS

    1. Stiglitz, Joseph E., 2002. "New perspectives on public finance: recent achievements and future challenges," Journal of Public Economics, Elsevier, vol. 86(3), pages 341-360, December.
    2. Cornes,Richard & Sandler,Todd, 1996. "The Theory of Externalities, Public Goods, and Club Goods," Cambridge Books, Cambridge University Press, number 9780521477185, March.
    3. Robert E. Lucas Jr., 2003. "Macroeconomic Priorities," American Economic Review, American Economic Association, vol. 93(1), pages 1-14, March.
    4. Koskela, Erkki & Viren, Matti, 2003. "Government Size and Output Volatility: New International Evidence," Discussion Papers 857, The Research Institute of the Finnish Economy.
    Full references (including those not matched with items on IDEAS)


    All material on this site has been provided by the respective publishers and authors. You can help correct errors and omissions. When requesting a correction, please mention this item's handle: RePEc:fer:dpaper:324. See general information about how to correct material in RePEc.

    For technical questions regarding this item, or to correct its authors, title, abstract, bibliographic or download information, contact: (Anita Niskanen). General contact details of provider: .

    If you have authored this item and are not yet registered with RePEc, we encourage you to do it here. This allows to link your profile to this item. It also allows you to accept potential citations to this item that we are uncertain about.

    We have no references for this item. You can help adding them by using this form .

    If you know of missing items citing this one, you can help us creating those links by adding the relevant references in the same way as above, for each refering item. If you are a registered author of this item, you may also want to check the "citations" tab in your RePEc Author Service profile, as there may be some citations waiting for confirmation.

    Please note that corrections may take a couple of weeks to filter through the various RePEc services.

    IDEAS is a RePEc service hosted by the Research Division of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis . RePEc uses bibliographic data supplied by the respective publishers.