Connected for Development? Theory and Evidence About the Impact of Internet Technologies on Poverty Alleviation

Dev Policy Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12210

35 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2014 Last revised: 24 Feb 2017

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Date Written: February 17, 2014

Abstract

Governments are investing heavily on Internet connectivity projects, based on the assumption that increased access to Internet services will accelerate economic growth and improve the wellbeing of the poor. This paper reviews the existing evidence about the impact of Internet diffusion on various development dimensions, and articulates the empirical evidence into a theoretical framework that seeks to conceptualize the microlinkages between Internet adoption and poverty alleviation. The findings suggest the need for more careful consideration of differentiated effects in the design and implementations of connectivity initiatives.

Keywords: internet access, poverty, impact evaluation, literature review

JEL Classification: O38, L96, I39

Suggested Citation

Galperin, Hernan and Viecens, Maria, Connected for Development? Theory and Evidence About the Impact of Internet Technologies on Poverty Alleviation (February 17, 2014). Dev Policy Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12210. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2397394 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2397394

Maria Viecens

University of San Andres (UMSA) ( email )

Vita Dumas 284
(1644) Victoria, Pcia
Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires 1644
Argentina

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