Does digital inclusion affect quality of life? Evidence from Australian household panel data

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 and Rafiq, Shuddhasattwa (2020) Does digital inclusion affect quality of life? Evidence from Australian household panel data. Telematics and Informatics, 51:101405. ISSN 0736-5853


Abstract

The evidence on the role of information and communication technology (ICT) in enhancing quality of life (QoL) is mixed and the precise nature of this relationship is not yet fully understood. Existing single equation-based empirical works have provided a number of specific insights, but there remains a gap in our understanding of the association between digital inclusion and QoL. The current study seeks to fill this gap by capturing the simultaneous association between digital inclusion and QoL. This study employs simultaneous equation models based on a two-stage and full-information likelihood method using a household-level longitudinal dataset of Australia to explore the relationship between QoL and digital inclusion. This research confirms that digital inclusion significantly predicts QoL and vice versa. Socio-economic advantages, remoteness, rural-urban divide and lifestyle also appear to be significant determinants of the QoL. Findings from the study imply that to promote digital inclusion, policymakers should emphasise not only supply-side issues but also demand-side strategies including the enhancement of digital skills and affordability for the users.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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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: 27 May 2020 23:14
Last Modified: 03 Jun 2020 05:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital inclusion; information and communication technology; quality of life; simultaneous equation model; Australia
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140208 Health Economics
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9299 Other Health > 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.tele.2020.101405
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38659

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