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Regional disparity in ICT adoption: an empirical evaluation of the effects of subsidies in Italy

Atzeni, Gianfranco Enrico and Carboni, Oliviero Antonio (2005) Regional disparity in ICT adoption: an empirical evaluation of the effects of subsidies in Italy. Cagliari, CRENoS-CUEC. p. 31 (Working Papers CRENoS, 2006, 08). ISBN 88-8467-335-6. Working Paper.

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This paper investigates on a marked case of regional inequality concerning the information and communication technology adoption process and the role of subsidies in Italy. There is a consolidated and persistent gap between the industrialized North and the sensibly backward South. Econometric results show that adoption of ICT is affected by the geographical location, the industry and firm characteristics. A matching estimator is applied to explore subsidies effectiveness. We find that subsidies have a significant impact but only for small firms. Given the firm system in Italy, we conclude that, to limit the acceleration of Italian North-South dualism, subsidies should only be granted to small firms.

Item Type:Working Paper
ID Code:84
Uncontrolled Keywords:Information and communication technologies, regional disparities, digital divide, subsidies, treatment effect, nearest neighbour matching estimator
Subjects:Area 13 - Scienze economiche e statistiche > SECS-P/01 Economia politica
Divisions:002 Altri enti e centri di ricerca del Nord Sardegna > CRENoS-Centro Ricerche Economiche Nord Sud, Università di Cagliari e Università di Sassari
001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Economia, impresa, regolamentazione
Copyright Holders:© 2002 CUEC 2004
Publisher Policy:Depositato per gentile concessione del CRENoS e di CUEC
Deposited On:18 Aug 2009 10:01

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