Facets of the digital divide in Europe: Determination and extent of internet use

English title: Facets of the digital divide in Europe: Determination and extent of internet use

Author(s): Michael Demoussis - Nicholas Giannakopoulos -

Language: English

Type: Journal article

Year: 2006

Abstract

The primary objective of this article is to identify, given Internet accessibility, the factors that shape the decisions of individuals for personal Internet usage and its extent. Cross-sectional data from the European Social Survey database were utilized and an ordered probit model with selectivity was employed. The hypothesized link between the decision to use the Internet and the extent of usagewas confirmed by the data. Household income, cost of access, demographics, media use, regional characteristics and general skill acquisition by individuals appear to correlate with Internet use and the extent of usage. In addition, a non-linear decomposition analysis was applied in order to identify the causes of the observed south/north divide. The results indicate that the observed differences in the probability of Internet use constitute a structural problem.

Volume: 15

Issue: 3

From page no: 235

To page no: 246

Refereed: Yes

DOI: 10.1080/10438590500216016

Journal: Economics of Innovation and New Technology

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