What makes people go on line? An empirical analysis of the digital divide in Thailand
Paper i proceeding, 2011

Purpose - This study aims to investigate the determinant factors that can explain the digital divide phenomena in Thailand. Design/methodology/approach – The updated survey data set in 2010 was provided by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) of Thailand and it applies to the econometric model estimating the Internet access. Findings – The availability of fixed telephony, mobile telephony subscription and media familiarity is the crucial factor encouraging people to access the Internet. Moreover, socio-economic backgrounds are also important, for example, age, level of education and area of residence, while the result confirms that there is no longer a gender divide in Thailand. To bring off-line users into the on-line world, policymakers and telecommunications regulators need to take action on fixed and fixed wireless infrastructure development and provide an education or training programme. Originality/value- There are very few studies on Thailand’s telecommunications sector but this study identified a number of specific factors that policymakers and telecommunications regulators in Thailand would consider to stimulate the Internet penetration rate.


digital divide



Chalita Srinuan

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Teknik och samhälle

Erik Bohlin

Chalmers, Teknikens ekonomi och organisation, Teknik och samhälle

Proceedings of the annual international conference on Micro and Macro Economics (MME 2011), 25-26 July 2011,Singapore


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