SSE/EFI Working Paper Series in Economics and Finance
Gender and the Internet
() and Madeline Zavodny
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: This article examines whether there are
differences in menfs and womenfs use of the Internet and whether any such
gender gaps have changed in recent years. METHODS: We use data from several
surveys during the period 1997 to 2001 to show trends in Internet usage and
to estimate regression models of Internet usage that control for
individualsf socioeconomic characteristics. RESULTS: Women were
significantly less likely than men to use the Internet at all in the
mid-1990s, but this gender gap in being online disappeared by 2000.
However, once online, women remain less frequent and less intense users of
the Internet. CONCLUSIONS: There is little reason for concern about sex
inequalities in Internet access and usage now, but gender differences in
frequency and intensity of Internet usage remain.
Keywords: Internet; gender; race; (follow links to similar papers)
JEL-Codes: J15; J16; L86; O33; (follow links to similar papers)
17 pages, March 15, 2002, Revised August 19, 2002
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Ono, Hiroshi and Madeline Zavodny, (2003), 'Gender and the Internet', Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 84, March, No. 1, pages 111-121
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