Facets of the Digital Divide in Europe: Determinantion and Extent of Internet Use
Posted: 26 Jul 2006
The primary objective of this article is to identify, given Internet accessibility, the factors that shape the decisions of individuals for personal Internet usage and its extent. Cross-sectional data from the European Social Survey database were utilized and an ordered probit model with selectivity was employed. The hypothesized link between the decision to use the Internet and the extent of usagewas confirmed by the data. Household income, cost of access, demographics,media use, regional characteristics and general skill acquisition by individuals appear to correlate with Internet use and the extent of usage. In addition, a non-linear decomposition analysis was applied in order to identify the causes of the observed south/north divide. The results indicate that the observed differences in the probability of Internet use constitute a structural problem.
Keywords: Internet use, Self-selection, Non-linear decomposition, North-South Europe
JEL Classification: O33, L86, C24, O52
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation