Abstract - The Information Society 26(5)

Determinants of ICT usage among Low-Income Groups in Colombia, Mexico, and Peru

Luis H. Gutiérrez R. and Luis F. Gamboa N.

We 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, we focus on cross-country differences and similarities in ICT usage across gender, age, education, and income levels. Our 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. Our findings also suggest that comprehensive measures that mix standard ICTs with very advanced ones can be misleading.

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