Policy Reform, Economic Growth, and the Digital Divide: An Econometric Analysis
World Bank Publications, 2001 - Crecimiento economico - 18 pages
The digital divide reflects a gap in telecom access, not lower propensity to use the internet in poor countries. Promoting access for poor households will help, but pro-competitive policy holds the key to rapid progress in narrowing the divide.
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