Digital divide across the European Union

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Abstract

Our research analyses the digital divide within the European Union 27 between the years of 2008 and 2010. To accomplish this we use multivariate statistical methods, more specifically factor and cluster analysis, to address the European digital disparities. Our results lead to an identification of two latent dimensions and five groups of countries. We conclude that a digital gap does, in fact, exist within the European Union. The process of European integration and the economic wealth emerge as explanatory factors for this divide. On the other hand, the educational attendance is not proven to be significant, as one would expect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)278-291
Number of pages14
JournalInformation and Management
Volume49
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2012

Keywords

  • Digital development
  • Digital divide
  • Electronic services
  • European Union
  • Factor analysis and cluster analysis
  • ICT
  • Information society

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