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

Ali, Mohammad Afshar ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0831-9046 and Alam, Khorshed ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2232-0745 and Taylor, Brad (2020) Measuring the concentration of information and communication technology infrastructure in Australia: do affordability and remoteness matter? Socio-Economic Planning Sciences, 70:100737. ISSN 0038-0121


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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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce (1 Jul 2013 - 17 Jan 2021)
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2019 04:58
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2020 04:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: information and communication technology, ICT infrastructure concentration, ICT expenditure, Gini coefficient, Australia
Fields of Research (2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 Urban and Regional Economics
Fields of Research (2020): 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380118 Urban and regional economics
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): 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: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.seps.2019.100737
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37194

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