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Determinants of Internet Use in Iraq

Firas H. Al-Hammadany and Almas Heshmati ()

No 200928, TEMEP Discussion Papers from Seoul National University; Technology Management, Economics, and Policy Program (TEMEP)

Abstract: The Internet is considered to be today¡¯s most advanced technology and a key to progress of communication and exchange of information, goods, services and technologies. Since its introduction during the late 1960s, the Internet has led to the creation of opportunities and conditions of development both for the developed and developing nations around the globe. Not all nations though welcome this particular tool of world connection. Iraq is facing huge challenges in increasing Internet penetration and usage and changing the traditional way of communication. However, this is a difficult task as there are many factors that define this transition process. This issue and more shall be better presented in this study. Through the use of a suitable approach, this study aims to explain the determinants of Internet use in Iraq. The results indicate that while the people of Iraq are eager to adopt this technology in order to reach out to the world, a number of factors like lack of adequate resources, insufficient incentives and encouragement from the government and some social inhibitions are not allowing this technology to become a public domain.

Keywords: Internet use; benefits of Internet; purposes of using Internet; modern media; Internet use in Iraq (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C25 C35 D12 L86 L96 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2009-11, Revised 2009-11
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