Determinants of Internet use in Spain

Fernando Lera-López, Margarita Billon, María Gil
2011 Economics of Innovation and New Technology  
El acceso a la versión del editor puede requerir la suscripción del recurso Access to the published version may require subscription This paper analyzes the impact of a variety of socio-economic, demographic and regional factors to explain Internet use and the frequency of use by individuals in Spain. We have employed binomial and ordered probit models with a Heckman's two-stage estimation procedure. This allows us to distinguish between different variables and explain both use and the
more » ... of use, respectively. Internet use is mainly associated with education, age, occupation, employment in service sector, nationality, urban areas and regional GDP per capita. In contrast, frequency of Internet usage is positively related to broadband connection, education, Internet skills, the ways through which Internet skills are acquired, gender, and population size. Knowledge of differences in the determinants of Internet use and its extent of use may help to specify the most suitable policies for each case.
doi:10.1080/10438590903378017 fatcat:jo4stqkjsbgrpchp73kdwfue7y