Happy e-Inclusion? The Case of Romania

by Turlea, Geomina and Ciupagea, Constantin
Published in Romanian Journal of Economic Forecasting
, 2009, volume 11 issue 3, 110-128

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This paper investigates the determinants of adoption of ICT technology by households in Romania, using a probit model based on a time-series cross-section dataset. A particular attention is given to a few psycho-social factors in addition to the recognised role of usual socio-economic determinants, such as income, age, employment status, educational level or gender. The particular findings are that, together with an expected impact of the occupational status and of the educational level, the perceived wellbeing of individuals is one of the most important factors influencing the decision to acquire and use a PC at home. Gender does not seem to have the same importance as in other regions of the world and shows an opposite sign than elsewhere, whereas income influences the decision, but with a weaker effect.

Keywords: information and communications technology; e-inclusion; Probit model; Romania; determinants of PC use
JEL Classification:
O33, O52, L86