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What makes people go on line? An empirical analysis of the digital divide in Thailand

Chalita Srinuan (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Teknik och samhälle) ; Erik Bohlin (Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Teknik och samhälle)
Proceedings of the annual international conference on Micro and Macro Economics (MME 2011), 25-26 July 2011,Singapore (2011)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

Purpose - This study aims to investigate the determinant factors that can explain the digital divide phenomena in Thailand. Design/methodology/approach – The updated survey data set in 2010 was provided by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) of Thailand and it applies to the econometric model estimating the Internet access. Findings – The availability of fixed telephony, mobile telephony subscription and media familiarity is the crucial factor encouraging people to access the Internet. Moreover, socio-economic backgrounds are also important, for example, age, level of education and area of residence, while the result confirms that there is no longer a gender divide in Thailand. To bring off-line users into the on-line world, policymakers and telecommunications regulators need to take action on fixed and fixed wireless infrastructure development and provide an education or training programme. Originality/value- There are very few studies on Thailand’s telecommunications sector but this study identified a number of specific factors that policymakers and telecommunications regulators in Thailand would consider to stimulate the Internet penetration rate.

Nyckelord: Internet, digital divide, Thailand

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Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Teknik och samhälle (2005-2016)


Informations- och kommunikationsteknik
Innovation och entreprenörskap (nyttiggörande)

Chalmers infrastruktur

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