Computer Literacy, Online Experience or Socioeconomic Characteristics - What are the Main Determinants of Broadband Internet Adoption and Internet Usage?
École Nationale Supérieure des Télécommunications (ENST)
Communications and Strategies, No. 80, pp. 83-103, 2010
In this paper, we analyze the broadband Internet adoption/usage decisions. To this end, we estimate a sample selection model. In the first stage, we analyze whether the individuals have adopted broadband Internet; in the second stage, we analyze the Internet usage diversity given adoption. We show that low income and less-educated people are less likely to have adopted broadband Internet, but they do not have a less diversified Internet usage given adoption. Furthermore, after controlling for a set of socioeconomic factors and the computer skills, we show that online experience is a powerful determinant of usage diversity.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 21
Keywords: Digital Divide, Broadband Internet Adoption, Internet Usage, Diversity
JEL Classification: L96, D12, D63Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: April 19, 2011 ; Last revised: May 5, 2011
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