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The Influence of Educational, Social and Economical Factors on the International Digital Divide, as Measured by IT Usage and Expenditure

The Influence of Educational, Social and Economical Factors on the International Digital Divide, as Measured by IT Usage and Expenditure
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Author(s): James B. Pick (University of Redlands, USA) and Rasool Azari (University of Redlands, USA)
Copyright: 2006
Pages: 3
Source title: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-019-6.ch294
ISBN13: 9781616921286
EISBN13: 9781466665361

Abstract

The objective of this paper is to examine, for a sample of nations, the extent of influence of educational, social, and economic factors on five dependent variables: per capita prevalence of three technologies (pcs, internet host units, and mobile phones), ICT expenditure as percent of GDP, and ICT infrastructure quality. International data on 56 countries are drawn from the Global Information Technology Report (Dutta et al., 2002-2003) and the World Development Indicators 2003 (World Bank, 2003). Utilizing the unit of analysis of the nation-state, linear regression analyses are conducted to test the paper’s three research questions.

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