Connected for Development? Theory and Evidence About the Impact of Internet Technologies on Poverty Alleviation
Dev Policy Rev., 2017, DOI: 10.1111/dpr.12210
35 Pages Posted: 18 Feb 2014 Last revised: 24 Feb 2017
Date Written: February 17, 2014
Governments are investing heavily on Internet connectivity projects, based on the assumption that increased access to Internet services will accelerate economic growth and improve the wellbeing of the poor. This paper reviews the existing evidence about the impact of Internet diffusion on various development dimensions, and articulates the empirical evidence into a theoretical framework that seeks to conceptualize the microlinkages between Internet adoption and poverty alleviation. The findings suggest the need for more careful consideration of differentiated effects in the design and implementations of connectivity initiatives.
Keywords: internet access, poverty, impact evaluation, literature review
JEL Classification: O38, L96, I39
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