A multivariate framework for the analysis of the digital divide: Evidence for the European Union-15


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ISSN: 0378-7206

Type of work: Article (academic)


Digital Divide | e-Readiness | Economics


Our research was initiated in an attempt to analyse the digital gap between nations. With this aim, we approached the measurement of digital disparities between countries by means of multivariate statistical methods. In particular we used factor and cluster analysis to obtain a classification of the levels of digital development. This framework was applied to the European Union (EU) before its last increase in number of nations. The analysis led to the identification of two factors and four groups of countries in the EU, showing asymmetry in the development of the information society.