There is a large push in Latin America to develop and implement ‘national broadband plans’ to promote economic growth and development more broadly, for example by connecting broadband to schools and subsidizing connectivity to the poor. However, there is little to no research that addresses the fundamental question of whether or not this is sound policy. Does broadband adoption have positive economic and social impacts? Can it help alleviate poverty?
This book takes advantage of relatively new and highly disaggregated data sets that allow the analysis of the effects of access at the individual, student, business and household levels. This is opposed to the majority of existing studies that use aggregate data with large samples that smooth over the interesting variations at a disaggregated level. This type of study more accurately and robustly addresses the policy question of whether or not (and even for whom) there are development impacts related to broadband access.
The book was mencioned in an IDRC article entitled Investing in Internet access boosts incomes, concludes Latin American study and in an article of InformeTICfacil.com. It has also been cited by Latin American and Caribbean ccTLDs Organization, in Report No. 5, November 2014, entitled El año en que la Gobernanza de Interet dio un paso al frente.
It has also been analyzed in an article in La Red entitled Banda ancha ayuda a mitigar la pobreza en latinoamérica, the National Telecommunications Commission of Venezuela in an article entitled Desarrollo de Banda Ancha ayuda a mitigar la pobreza en países latinoamericanos and the Ministry of communication and Information of Venezuela referring to the same article.
A revised version of Chapter III Linking broadband with poverty alleviation: Theory and evidence, was published as Connected for Development? Theory and Evidence About the Impact of Internet Technologies on Poverty Alleviation in Social Science Research Network Galperin, H., Viecens, M. (2014).