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The Diffusion of the Internet and the Geography of the Digital Divide in the United States


Shane M. Greenstein


Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jeffrey Prince


Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Economics & Public Policy

May 2006

NBER Working Paper No. w12182

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This paper analyses the rapid diffusion of the Internet across the United States over the past decade for both households and firms. We put the Internet's diffusion into the context of economic diffusion theory where we consider costs and benefits on the demand and supply side. We also discuss several pictures of the Internet's physical presence using some of the current main techniques for Internet measurement. We highlight different economic perspectives and explanations for the digital divide, that is, unequal availability and use of the Internet.

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Date posted: May 23, 2006  

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Greenstein, Shane M. and Prince, Jeffrey, The Diffusion of the Internet and the Geography of the Digital Divide in the United States (May 2006). NBER Working Paper No. w12182. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=900088

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Shane M. Greenstein (Contact Author)
Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management ( email )
2001 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208
United States
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)
1050 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States
Jeffrey Prince
Indiana University - Kelley School of Business - Department of Business Economics & Public Policy ( email )
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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