ALDERETE Maria Veronica
Examining the ICT access effect on socio-economic development: the moderating role of ICT use and skills.
ALDERETE MARÍA VERÓNICA
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR DEVELOPMENT
Lugar: New York; Año: 2016
This paper examines the role that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play in the Socio-economic development of countries. The proposed model analyzes the relationship between ICT access (available ICT infrastructure and individual?s access to ICT), ICT use (ICT intensity and usage, and ICT skills), and socio-economic development. The methodology employed consists of a Structural Equation Model (SEM). To achieve this goal, country level data across 163 countries for the year 2013 is used from developing to developed countries. Results obtained indicate the moderating role of ICT use and skills in the relationship between ICT access and the socio-economic development. The ICT usage and ICT skills enhance the effect of ICT Access on the Socio-economic development. The model is robust with respect to the development level.