From the relative to the absolute divide in developing countries

M.J. James

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This paper argues that the literature on the digital divide is based heavily on relative rather than absolute magnitudes, although the latter has more welfare significance. It is clear that the former concept has been falling sharply in recent years yet such calculations have not been made for the absolute divide. One contribution of this paper is to redress this gap in the literature for both mobile phones and the Internet using a sample of more than sixty countries. The results tend to be broadly consistent with findings from the literature on the adoption and diffusion of IT in developing countries generally and Africa in particular.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1124-1129
JournalTechnological Forecasting and Social Change
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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