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New insights from a multilevel approach to the regional digital divide in the European Union

Monica Răileanu Szeles

Telecommunications Policy, 2018, vol. 42, issue 6, 452-463

Abstract: This paper contributes to the literature on digital divide by analysing regional- and country level determinants of the regional digital divide in the EU, based on panel data and using the multilevel analysis- the three level random slope model. The results indicate that only a mix of effective regional and national measures could mitigate the regional digital divide in the EU. Stimulating regional economic growth, increasing the tertiary education attainments, boosting R&D expenditure, and discouraging early leaving from education are regional- and national level policy measures that are found to successfully reduce the regional digital divide in the EU.

Keywords: Digital divide; Internet usage; E-commerce; Economic growth; Regional (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: R11 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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