Determinants of ICT usage among low-income groups in Colombia, Mexico, and Peru Academic Article


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  • The authors examine the determinants of information and communications technology (ICT) usage among low-income people in three developing countries: Colombia, Mexico, and Peru. Using two composite indicators, they focus on cross-country differences and similarities in ICT usage across gender, age, education, and income levels. The authors' analysis indicates that the single most important factor limiting the digitalization of low-income people in all three countries was lack of education. The impact of income itself was low although positive. Their findings also suggest that comprehensive measures that mix standard ICTs with very advanced ones can be misleading. © Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

publication date

  • 2010/10/15


  • Colombia
  • Communication
  • Composite indicators
  • Composite materials
  • Country differences
  • Developing countries
  • Education
  • Factors
  • Group
  • Income
  • Income level
  • Information and communication technology
  • Low income
  • Mexico
  • Peru
  • communication technology
  • determinants
  • developing country
  • digitalization
  • education
  • gender
  • income
  • information technology
  • lack
  • low income

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0197-2243

number of pages

  • 18

start page

  • 346

end page

  • 363