Do social exclusion and remoteness explain the digital divide in Australia? Evidence from a panel data estimation approach

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) Do social exclusion and remoteness explain the digital divide in Australia? Evidence from a panel data estimation approach. Economics of Innovation and New Technology, 29 (6). pp. 643-659. ISSN 1043-8599


Abstract

Despite rapid digital development in the past two decades, the remote parts of Australia still experience disadvantages with the adoption and diffusion of digital technology. As the adoption of information and communication technology continues to increase at a significant rate, investigating the underlying factors of the digital divide in general and also in the context of social exclusion in Australia is pertinent. The current study fills the gap in the existing body of knowledge by exploring the effect of socio-demographic factors and remoteness on the digital divide landscape with a country-specific focus on Australia. Using state-wide longitudinal data covering the 1998-2015 period within the panel data estimation framework, this study finds that digital divide is significantly associated with socio-demographic factors and remoteness in Australia. Moreover, the findings affirm that in addition to telecommunication infrastructure development, policymakers should also underscore socio-demographic factors in shaping digital inclusion strategies.


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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: 27 Nov 2019 02:46
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2020 05:13
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital divide; information and communication technology; panel data; Australia
Fields of Research (2008): 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140218 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/10.1080/10438599.2019.1664708
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37195

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