Age for Learning, Age for Teaching: The Role of Inter-Generational, Intra-Household Learning in Internet Use by Older Adults in Latin America

CPRLATAM Conference, Mexico, June 22 - 23rd, 2016 in conjunction with CLT2016, June 20 - 23rd, 2016

10 Pages Posted: 1 Dec 2016

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Roxana Barrantes

Instituto de Estudios Peruanos - IEP; Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

Angelo Cozzubo Chaparro

Instituto de Estudios Peruanos - IEP

Date Written: November 29, 2016

Abstract

Given the accelerated aging of the global population, countries must prepare to assure their older adults’ welfare. The Internet appears to be a means of ensuring that everybody, regardless of age, has access to information and can stay in touch. Data so far show the existence of a digital divide, so the question becomes: Is there a way to accelerate the digital inclusion of older adults? Using microdata from Buenos Aires (Argentina), Lima (Peru) and Guatemala City (Guatemala), this paper focus on the role of younger people in the household in the process of Internet adoption by older adults. Regression analysis confirms that younger people play a pivotal role in the adoption process, but not in intensity of use, in which living with a spouse or partner is important for increasing the number of hours spent using the Internet.

Keywords: Digital divide, elders, Internet, technology adoption, developing countries

JEL Classification: L86

Suggested Citation

Barrantes, Roxana and Cozzubo Chaparro, Angelo, Age for Learning, Age for Teaching: The Role of Inter-Generational, Intra-Household Learning in Internet Use by Older Adults in Latin America (November 29, 2016). CPRLATAM Conference, Mexico, June 22 - 23rd, 2016 in conjunction with CLT2016, June 20 - 23rd, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2877539

Roxana Barrantes (Contact Author)

Instituto de Estudios Peruanos - IEP ( email )

Av Horacio Urteaga
Distrito de Lima, 15072
Peru

Pontifical Catholic University of Peru ( email )

1801 Universitaria Avenue
San Miguel
Lima, Lima Lima32
Peru

Angelo Cozzubo Chaparro

Instituto de Estudios Peruanos - IEP ( email )

Av Horacio Urteaga
Distrito de Lima, 15072
Peru

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