The Geography of the Internet

The Geography of the Internet

Cities, Regions and Internet Infrastructure in Europe

New Horizons in Regional Science series

Emmanouil Tranos

This timely book presents a wide range of quantitative methods, including complex network analysis and econometric modelling, to illustrate how the Internet both follows, and at the same time challenges, more traditional geographies.

Chapter 3: Methodology and research framework

Emmanouil Tranos

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, geography, economic geography, innovation and technology, technology and ict, urban and regional studies, regional economics

Extract

The aim of this chapter is to describe and justify the utilization of specific methods and data sources used in this book in order to address the research questions defined in Chapter 1. Firstly, the lack of data in the field of the Internet geography is addressed as well as the research choices made in order to overcome this problem. Additionally, in section 3.2 the other data sources used in this study are discussed. Section 3.3 describes the quantitative methods used for approaching the research questions. While section 3.3.2 focuses on the methods which deal with the network topology of the research subject, section 3.3.3 describes and justifies the utilization of statistical and econometrical modeling. Lastly, section 3.4 summarizes this chapter and presents the research framework of this study, which is the fundamental for the empirical analysis which takes place in the following four chapters.

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