Part I – General and Multi-regional Studies -- 1 Information and Communication Technologies for Economic Development. Identifying the channels of impact -- 2 The impact of ICTs on women’s economic empowerment -- 3 Big Data Analytics for ICT Monitoring and Development -- 4 The role of ICT adoption in curbing corruption in developing countries -- 5 Internet, educational disparities and economic growth: differences between low-middle and high-income countries -- Part II – Asia -- 6 Strengthening the Public Sector Accounting through ICT The Experience of a Developing Country -- 7 Potentials and Challenges of using ICT for Climate Change Adaptation: A Study of Vulnerable Community in Riverine Islands of Bangladesh -- Part III – Africa and Middle East -- 8 Evaluation of E-Infrastructure Deployment in OECD and MENA Countries -- 9 Model for Constructing Institutional Framework for Scientific Knowledge Management Systems: Nigerian Institutional Repository Innovation Case Applicable to Developing Countries -- 10 Linkages between Formal Institutions, ICT Adoption, and Inclusive Human Development in Sub Saharan Africa -- Part IV – Latin America -- 11 Inequalities in the appropriation of digital spaces in metropolitan areas of Latin America -- 12 Internet Use and Public Programs Participation: Evidence from Chile -- 13 E-commerce and Productivity: Evidence from Chile -- Part V – Europe -- 14 Assessing the Economic Potential of Big Data Industries -- 15 Is ICT the Solution of the Problem for Estonia?.
This book examines the role that Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play in growth and economic development promotion, specifically for developing countries. It highlights multiple methodologies for quantifying the impact of ICTs. This includes quantitative and qualitative methods, but also novel, conclusive and informative methodological approaches for measuring ICTs influence on economic development. The book highlights trends, perspectives, and success stories for different developing countries. ICTs bring new business models, innovations, capital-labor substitution, improved goods and services to developing markets. Because they can spread rapidly, with little cost and require minimal skills for usage, ICTs create a solid background for social and economic gains. They enable significant reduction in information asymmetries, which improves access to economic activities for multitude of agents, fostering participation, inter alias in labor market of disadvantaged societal groups. After almost two decades of rapid diffusion of ICT in developing world, this book seeks to assess the real benefits and consequences of ICTs adoption in developing countries. The chapters use broad, real-world based evidence to provide a better understanding of the precise nature of new technologies and their impact of the country`s economy and society. ..