Factors affecting broadband penetration in OECD countries: a panel data analysis

Alam, Khorshed and Salahuddin, Mohammad (2012) Factors affecting broadband penetration in OECD countries: a panel data analysis. In: International Statistical Conference on Statistics in Planning and Development: Bangladesh Perspective, 27-29 Dec 2012, Dhaka, Bangladesh.


Internet diffusion is transforming the economic, social and cultural lives in affluent societies such as OECD countries. Although a variety of strategies have been adopted in these countries to enhance broadband internet access, there still exist substantial differences in broadband access and its usage. This study empirically investigates factors that contribute towards broadband penetration across OECD countries using panel data spanning a period from 1997 to 2009. Pooled OLS (POLS) method is employed to analyze data imposing restrictions on the intercept and slope of the regression function. Results indicate that traditional socioeconomic indicators such as income, tertiary education and size of labor force have significant positive effects on broadband penetration. Surprisingly the effect of secondary education on broadband access is found negative. Findings of positive relationship between other variables, recognizes the presence of digital divide in the region. Future studies focusing more on the digital divide issues are expected to receive more attention from the policy makers of the governments of these countries.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Accounting, Economics and Finance
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2013 23:39
Last Modified: 27 Jun 2017 04:03
Uncontrolled Keywords: broadband penetration; internet diffusion; digital divide; panel data; OECD countries
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080602 Computer-Human Interaction
10 Technology > 1005 Communications Technologies > 100502 Broadband and Modem Technology
14 Economics > 1403 Econometrics > 140304 Panel Data Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8901 Communication Networks and Services > 890199 Communication Networks and Services not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23211

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