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Digital inequality in East Asia : Evidence from Japan, South Korea and Singapore

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  • Digital inequality in East Asia
  • Ono, Hiroshi
  • Stockholm School of Economics, European Institute of Japanese Studies


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Title Digital inequality in East Asia
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Evidence from Japan, South Korea and Singapore

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Ono, Hiroshi

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[Stockholm]:Stockholm School of Economics, European Institute of Japanese Studies

Date 2005-10
Series Title; No Working Paper / no. 219
Pages 35
Subject Country Japan(Asia and Pacific)
Singapore(Asia and Pacific)
South Korea(Asia and Pacific)
Language English
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Subject Industry and Technology < Science/Technology
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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.

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Paper presented at the Asian Economic Panel meeting, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan, March 2005.