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The diffusion of Internet: a cross-country analysis

David Cuberes (), Luis Andres, Tomas Serebrisky () and Mame Astou Diouf

Working Papers. Serie AD from Instituto Valenciano de Investigaciones Económicas, S.A. (Ivie)

Abstract: This paper analyzes the process of Internet diffusion across the world using a panel of 214 countries during the period 1990-2004. Countries are classified as low and high-income and it is shown that the diffusion process is characterized by a different S-shape in each group. The estimated diffusion curves provide evidence of very slow "catching up". The paper also explores the determinants of Internet diffusion and shows that network effects are crucial to explain this process. One important finding is that the degree of competition in the provision of Internet contributes positively to its diffusion.

Keywords: Technological diffusion; Internet; S-shape curve; Network externalities; Digital divide (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O14 O33 O57 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 39 pages
Date: 2010-03
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