Race, Internet Usage, and E-Commerce
FRB Atlanta Working Paper No. 2002-01
19 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2002
Date Written: January 2002
The authors examine racial and ethnic differences in computer ownership and Internet usage using data from a survey conducted by the Nomura Research Institute in 2000. They focus on on-line shopping because few studies have examined racial and ethnic differences in e-commerce. The results indicate that blacks and Hispanics are less likely to own or use a computer than are non-Hispanic whites but are not less likely to shop on-line. Indeed, blacks appear to shop on-line more frequently and to spend more than non-Hispanic whites do.
Keywords: Internet, on-line shopping, e-commerce, race
JEL Classification: O33, L86, J15
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