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

51 Pages Posted: 23 May 2006  

Shane M. Greenstein

Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER)

Jeffrey Prince

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

Date Written: May 2006

Abstract

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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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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=900088

Shane M. Greenstein (Contact Author)

Harvard University - Technology & Operations Management Unit ( email )

Boston, MA 02163
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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