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

Luis H. Gutiérrez, Luis F. Gamboa

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)346-363
Number of pages18
JournalInformation Society
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Management Information Systems
  • Cultural Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Political Science and International Relations


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