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Determinants of initial technology adoption and intensification: evidence from Latin America and the Caribbean

James Waters

Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 2017, vol. 26, issue 4, 334-352

Abstract: In this paper, we examine determinants of initial adoption and subsequent intensification of commercial use of the internet. In contrast to previous examinations that have looked at initial adoption and intensification in the highest income countries, we study companies in Latin America and the Caribbean and so contribute to empirical understanding of the two types of adoption. Many variables such as company size and industry intensification previously identified as influential in high-income regions continue to be important determinants. Novel determinants are also found, including informal sector competition and regional influence. There are sharp differences in determinants between the two adoption types.

Date: 2017
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