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Cross-country Diffusion of the Internet

Sampsa Kiiski and Matti Pohjola ()

No DP2001-11, WIDER Working Paper Series from World Institute for Development Economic Research (UNU-WIDER)

Abstract: This paper investigates the factors which determine the diffusion of the Internet across countries. The Gompertz model of technology diffusion is estimated using data on Internet hosts per capita for the years 1995-2000. For a sample of the 0ECD countries, the basic finding is that GDP per capita and Internet access cost explain best the observed growth in computer hosts per capita. Competition in telecommunications markets does not seem to exert any independent influence on Internet penetration. Neither is investment in education a statistically significant predictor of its diffusion.

Keywords: Econometric models (Economic development); Information technology; Public goods (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2001
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