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No 219:
DIGITAL INEQUALITY IN EAST ASIA : EVIDENCE FROM JAPAN, SOUTH KOREA AND SINGAPORE

Hiroshi Ono ()

Abstract: I examine the extent and causes of digital inequality in the three countries of East Asia Japan, South Korea and Singapore. I take advantage of individual-level microdata collected in the three countries between 1997 and 2000, and highlight differences in the socio-economic and demographic patterns of technology adoption, usage, and skills across countries and over time. Despite the high overall diffusion rates of information communication technologies (ICT) in all three countries, there remains a clear divide in access and use between various demographic groups. I find that household income, education and gender are the key determinants of digital inequality in all three countries, but there is sizeable variation in their magnitudes. In general, I find that inequality in ICT access, use and skills reflects pre-existing inequality in other areas of economy and society in the three countries.

Keywords: Internet; computers; digital inequality; (follow links to similar papers)

JEL-Codes: J16; L86; N35; O33; (follow links to similar papers)

35 pages, October 27, 2005

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Ono, Hiroshi, (2005), 'Digital Inequality in East Asia: Evidence from Japan, South Korea and Singapore', Asian Economic Papers, Vol. 4, Fall, No. 3, pages 116-139



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