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Digital divide among the Indian households: extent and correlates

Ankush Agrawal () and Chavi Asrani ()
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Ankush Agrawal: Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi
Chavi Asrani: Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi

Economics Bulletin, 2018, vol. 38, issue 4, 2444-2466

Abstract: Access to devices is fundamental to appropriate benefits of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). India's ICT adoption has been rapid but with substantial disparities. This study examines the correlates of possession of two ICT devices, mobile phones and computers, using large-sample household surveys from India. The device with a higher level of adoption (mobile phone) was characterised by relatively weak association with socioeconomic and demographic factors whereas the device with a lower level of adoption (computer) witnessed strong association with these factors. Our findings highlight the differences in characteristics of early and late adopters and endorse the theory of diffusion of technology.

Keywords: ICT adoption; India; mobile phone; computer; digital divide (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L9 O2 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018-12-27
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