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Factors Influencing the Diffusion of the Internet in China: 1997-2001
Unformatted Document Text:  4 The lack of time-series data results in the difficulty of identifying the determinants of Internet diffusion by using empirical methodologies. Hargittai (2000) points out, though her review of the ITU report (1997 & 1999), OECD report (1997-1999), NATIA (1997-2000), that the existing literature about diffusion data is descriptive more than analytical. However, some scholars have done plausible job of distinguishing the determinants that have impacts on, or correlated to, Internet diffusion. Positive correlation has been discovered between telecommunications infrastructure and economic growth around the world (Saunders 1994). Hargittai (1996 &1998) found correlation between a country’s human development level and its level of Internet connectivity. Kelly and Petrazzini (1997) concluded that connectivity prices and language have high correlations with Internet connectivity. Barnett and Choi (1995) identified that low English language command leads to a serious barrier in access to telecommunications technology. The International Telecommunications Union’s report (1997) suggests that free competition in a country’s telecommunication sector will increase the Internet connectivity in the country. Hargittai (2000)’s empirical analyses on impact of economic indicators, human capital, institutional legal environment and existing technological infrastructure concluded that economic wealth and telecommunications policy are the most salient predictors of an OECD nation’s Internet connectivity. Gorman (2002) reduced the success of the Internet in large part to its scale-free nature, which was demonstrated in a region’s ability of self-organizing complex and dynamic networks. Other variables that have been used to explain the different diffusion levels include the

Authors: Lin, Jia.
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The lack of time-series data results in the difficulty of identifying the
determinants of Internet diffusion by using empirical methodologies. Hargittai
(2000) points out, though her review of the ITU report (1997 & 1999), OECD
report (1997-1999), NATIA (1997-2000), that the existing literature about
diffusion data is descriptive more than analytical. However, some scholars have
done plausible job of distinguishing the determinants that have impacts on, or
correlated to, Internet diffusion. Positive correlation has been discovered
between telecommunications infrastructure and economic growth around the
world (Saunders 1994). Hargittai (1996 &1998) found correlation between a
country’s human development level and its level of Internet connectivity. Kelly
and Petrazzini (1997) concluded that connectivity prices and language have high
correlations with Internet connectivity. Barnett and Choi (1995) identified that low
English language command leads to a serious barrier in access to
telecommunications technology. The International Telecommunications Union’s
report (1997) suggests that free competition in a country’s telecommunication
sector will increase the Internet connectivity in the country. Hargittai (2000)’s
empirical analyses on impact of economic indicators, human capital, institutional
legal environment and existing technological infrastructure concluded that
economic wealth and telecommunications policy are the most salient predictors
of an OECD nation’s Internet connectivity. Gorman (2002) reduced the success
of the Internet in large part to its scale-free nature, which was demonstrated in a
region’s ability of self-organizing complex and dynamic networks. Other variables
that have been used to explain the different diffusion levels include the


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