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Ankush Agrawal and Chavi Asrani
''Digital divide among the Indian households: extent and correlates''
( 2018, Vol. 38 No.4 )
Access to devices is fundamental to appropriate benefits of Information and Communications Technology (ICT). India's ICT adoption has been rapid but with substantial disparities. This study examines the correlates of possession of two ICT devices, mobile phones and computers, using large-sample household surveys from India. The device with a higher level of adoption (mobile phone) was characterised by relatively weak association with socioeconomic and demographic factors whereas the device with a lower level of adoption (computer) witnessed strong association with these factors. Our findings highlight the differences in characteristics of early and late adopters and endorse the theory of diffusion of technology.
Keywords: ICT adoption, India, mobile phone, computer, digital divide
JEL: L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities: General
O2 - Development Planning and Policy: General
Manuscript Received : Apr 17 2018 Manuscript Accepted : Dec 27 2018

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