Measuring the concentration of information and communication technology infrastructure in Australia: do affordability and remoteness matter?

Ali, Mohammad Afshar and Alam, Khorshed and Taylor, Brad (2019) Measuring the concentration of information and communication technology infrastructure in Australia: do affordability and remoteness matter? Socio-Economic Planning Sciences (Article 100737). ISSN 0038-0121

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Abstract

This study measures the concentration of information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure and expenditure inequality in the disaggregated spatial unit of various locations in Australia. Using survey data from the Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia, a composite concentration index for ICT infrastructure is constructed for urban and rural households. In addition, the Gini coefficient of ICT expenditure is computed to measure the concentration of affordability of ICT services. Findings demonstrate that the concentrations of ICT infrastructure and affosrdability are profound in the Greater Sydney and Greater Melbourne areas. Nevertheless, results indicate that the remoteness of spatial units has a noteworthy impact on the concentration of ICT frastructure. In addition, canonical correlation analysis reveals that the association between the concentration of ICT infrastructure and inequality in the affordability of ICT services is statistically significant. These findings imply that policy makers should employ a holistic approach that will not only include technological and economic considerations but also examine place-based context in designing an all-inclusive ICT policy.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to Published version, in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 July 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 July 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 04:58
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2020 03:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: information and communication technology, ICT infrastructure concentration, ICT expenditure, Gini coefficient, Australia
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8999 Other Information and Communication Services > 899999 Information and Communication Services not elsewhere classified
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9402 Government and Politics > 940204 Public Services Policy Advice and Analysis
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.seps.2019.100737
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37194

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