The Economic Impact of Digital Technologies

The Economic Impact of Digital Technologies

Measuring Inclusion and Diffusion in Europe

Edited by Paolo Guerrieri and Sara Bentivegna

The Economic Impact of Digital Technologies offers a profoundly illuminating examination of ICT transformations in Europe and its critical role in greater social inequality. It presents scholars and policy makers with original and practical tools to benchmark and assess the ICT diffusion and inclusion process. The core message of the book is that a coherent European strategy for embedding ICT technologies in society is long overdue.

Chapter 7: The impact of e-inclusion in Europe: a scenario analysis

Edited by Paolo Guerrieri and Sara Bentivegna

Subjects: innovation and technology, technology and ict


7.1 THE CRITERIA FOR MODEL SELECTION Differently from the econometric analyses carried out in the previous chapter, the methodology followed in this chapter consists in simulating (rather than estimating) the economic impact of e-inclusion policies by constructing several scenarios. The simulation exercises carried out are just examples of a larger set of possible analyses to be conducted with International Futures (IFs) and possibly other computable general equilibrium (CGE) models. The most difficult task is to carry out the simulations with the aim of disentangling the different effects of the various dimensions of e-inclusion identified in this research (infrastructure, usage and impact, or empowerment) since in simulation exercises we cannot directly use the data and indicators presented in the first part of this book and used in the econometric analysis carried out in the previous chapter. The strategy that we follow is therefore different and is based on the choice of the parameters to modify in order to put into action the different dimensions of e-inclusion that emerged in the previous chapters. The key issues are related to the choice – and the motivation behind it – of parameters and their inclusion in one of three dimensions of e-inclusion. Based on this choice, simulations will be structured into three steps aiming to disentangle the effects of: (a) higher infrastructure of e-inclusion, (b) higher infrastructure and usage of e-inclusion; and (c) higher infrastructure, usage and impact of e-inclusion. Simulations include two sets of scenario analysis. The first one is devoted to the study of...

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