Digital Divide: An Econometric Study of the Determinants in Information-poor Countries

Tasneem Zafar, Khalid Aftab


There can not be two opinions on the importance of Information
and Communication Technology (ICT) for economic development. However,
real disparities exist in access to and use of ICT across countries. The
digital divide is a complicated matter of varying levels of access,
basic usage, and applications of ICT among countries and peoples. Using
the Gompertz Technology Diffusion model, this paper attempts to measure
the contribution of factors such as affordability, knowledge,
infrastructure, human capital, trade openness, and economic and social
environment in the technology diffusion process, specially in the case
of information-poor countries.

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