Work detail

Internet and mobile phone diffusion and its determinants

Author: Mgr. Veronika Kračmerová
Year: 2015 - summer
Leaders: Mgr. Petr Polák MSc.
Work type: Finance, Financial Markets and Banking
Language: Czech
Pages: 86
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Abstract: This thesis examines determinants of an Internet and mobile phones diffusion and potentially
different impacts of these determinants in case of developing and developed countries. For
this purpose panel data from 199 countries for period from 1995 to 2012 are used. There is a
number of variables including economic, technological, political and human capital factors.
Benefits of this thesis are that the research uses updated dataset and it also adds new variables
into its econometric model. This thesis also examines in detail the adoption of information
and communication technologies in the Czech Republic, which has not been published
previously. One of the conclusions is a finding that penetration of mobile phones and the
Internet is faster in developing countries than in developed countries. Fixed effects method in
the global testing also showed that the economic wealth of a country is an important
determinant for the Internet only for developed countries, while for the mobile phones the
GDP is a significant variable in both groups of countries. Analysis of the Czech Republic
brings different results for both technologies, but the unemployment rate, which was added to
the basic model, has proven to be an important determinant for both the Internet and mobile




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