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Determinants of Internet Use in Iraq

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  • Firas H. Al-Hammadany
  • Almas Heshmati

    () (Technology Management, Economics and Policy Program(TEMEP), Seoul National University)

Abstract

The Internet is considered to be today¡¯s most advanced technology and a key to progress of communication and exchange of information, goods, services and technologies. Since its introduction during the late 1960s, the Internet has led to the creation of opportunities and conditions of development both for the developed and developing nations around the globe. Not all nations though welcome this particular tool of world connection. Iraq is facing huge challenges in increasing Internet penetration and usage and changing the traditional way of communication. However, this is a difficult task as there are many factors that define this transition process. This issue and more shall be better presented in this study. Through the use of a suitable approach, this study aims to explain the determinants of Internet use in Iraq. The results indicate that while the people of Iraq are eager to adopt this technology in order to reach out to the world, a number of factors like lack of adequate resources, insufficient incentives and encouragement from the government and some social inhibitions are not allowing this technology to become a public domain.

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  • Firas H. Al-Hammadany & Almas Heshmati, 2009. "Determinants of Internet Use in Iraq," TEMEP Discussion Papers 200928, Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP), revised Nov 2009.
  • Handle: RePEc:snv:dp2009:200928
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    1. Kiiski, Sampsa & Pohjola, Matti, 2002. "Cross-country diffusion of the Internet," Information Economics and Policy, Elsevier, vol. 14(2), pages 297-310, June.
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    1. Hayder Sabah Abdulwahid & Ariffin Abdul Mutalib & Shafiz Affendi Mohd Yusof & Suhad Jaffar Ali, 2014. "Designing and implementation Iraqi e-government front office online system," Journal of Knowledge Management, Economics and Information Technology, ScientificPapers.org, vol. 4(1.1), pages 1-1, February.

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    Keywords

    Internet use; benefits of Internet; purposes of using Internet; modern media; Internet use in Iraq;

    JEL classification:

    • C25 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Single Equation Models; Single Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions; Probabilities
    • C35 - Mathematical and Quantitative Methods - - Multiple or Simultaneous Equation Models; Multiple Variables - - - Discrete Regression and Qualitative Choice Models; Discrete Regressors; Proportions
    • D12 - Microeconomics - - Household Behavior - - - Consumer Economics: Empirical Analysis
    • L86 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Services - - - Information and Internet Services; Computer Software
    • L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications

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