Economics & Sociology

ISSN: 2071-789X eISSN: 2306-3459 DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X
Index PUBMS: f5512f57-a601-11e7-8f0e-080027f4daa0
Article information
Title: Can internet in schools and technology adoption stimulate productivity in emerging markets?
Issue: Vol. 13, No 1, 2020
Published date: 03-2020 (print) / 03-2020 (online)
Journal: Economics & Sociology
ISSN: 2071-789X, eISSN: 2306-3459
Authors: Domicián Máté
University of Debrecen, Faculty of Engineering, Hungary

Edina Erdei
Ihrig Károly Doctoral School, University of Debrecen, Hungary

Vahid Zeynvand Lorestani
Ihrig Károly Doctoral School, University of Debrecen, Hungary

József Popp
Szent István University, Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences, Gödöllő, Hungary, North-West University, TRADE Research Entity, South Africa

Judit Oláh
University of Debrecen, Faculty of Economics and Business, Hungary, North-West University, TRADE Research Entity, South Africa
Keywords: ICTs adoption, productivity growth, panel regression, Internet access, emerging markets
DOI: 10.14254/2071-789X.2020/13-1/12
Index PUBMS: eda8e62e-78c6-11ea-a0f3-fa163e0fa1a0
Language: English
Pages: 182-196 (15)
JEL classification: D02, O17, P31
Project no. 130377 has been implemented with support provided by the National Research, Development and Innovation Fund of Hungary, financed under the KH_18 funding scheme. The publication is also supported by the EFOP-3.6.1-16-2016-00022 project. The project is co-financed by the European Union and the European Social Fund. This study is also supported by the János Bolyai Research Scholarship of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

This study investigates whether access to the Internet in schools and the share of its users stimulate productivity development in emerging markets in the period from 2007 to 2016. Following the rise of new endogenous theories, the opposition appeared in the empirical approaches related to the role of ICTs. The analysis is based on distinctive variables and various competitiveness pillars from the datasets published by the World Bank and the World Economic Forum. The empirical findings from the dynamic (GMM) regressions affirm that the interaction to the Internet access in schools, fixed broadband penetration and the latest available technologies affect productivity growth. However, mobile broadband subscription is negatively related to productivity. Hence, the support of competitiveness goals through larger access to the Internet in education, the improved fixed Internet broadband and the absorption of new technologies can make emerging markets more competitive and sustain productivity growth in the long run.


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