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Complementarity and substitution between physical and virtual travel for instrumental information sharing in remote rural regions: A social network approach

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Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice, 2017, vol. 99, issue C, 61-79

Abstract: International development practitioners are highly optimistic that mobile phones can improve the lives of the inhabitants of remote rural areas in developing countries with an underdeveloped transportation infrastructure. However, the instrumental role of telecommunication is unclear in contexts where residents’ information-sharing networks are strongly geographically constrained by their limited mobility. Empirical research on the interactions between telecommunication and travel in rural areas of developing countries is lacking.

Keywords: Physical travel; Virtual travel; Social networks; Developing countries; Rural regions (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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