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Club convergence and drivers of digitalization across Indian states

Subhasis Bera

Telecommunications Policy, 2019, vol. 43, issue 8, -

Abstract: Disparity in the level of digitalization is a crucial driver of economic inequality in an economy. Although a pocket of its population is still bereft of the benefits of digitalization, India currently has the second highest number of internet subscribers in the world despite the nation's late adoption of digital technology. An accurate assessment of the current state of digitalization in the country is required for devising effective initiatives towards building a Digital India and bridging the nation's internal digital divide. Considering 17 major Indian states and 21 variables for 10 years, we constructed a composite index of digitalization with the help of Principal Component Method (PCM). This paper identifies factors responsible for the digitalization divide across states. In the second part of the analysis, the study confirms, with the help of club convergence test, the absence of overall convergence towards digitalization and the existence of the non-convergent group. This paper also shows that the non-convergent group of states are at the bottom of the ranking table which indicates the need for greater attention to initiatives to bridge the digital divide.

Keywords: Club convergence; Digital divide; Digital India; Digitalization; Principal Component Method (PCM); Technology diffusion (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C01 O10 O14 O20 O38 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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DOI: 10.1016/j.telpol.2019.04.006

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