Do foreign direct investment (FDI) and trade openness explain the disparity in ICT diffusion between Asia-Pacific and the Islamic Middle Eastern countries?

Farid Shirazi*, Roya Gholami, Dolores Añón Higón

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Abstract

This study investigates the impact of FDI and trade openness on ICT diffusion in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions from 1996-2005. The results indicate that while dissimilarities exist between the economies included in this study in terms of their level of socio-economic and political development, education and the growth of GDP have had a positive impact on ICT diffusion in both regions. However, while FDI has generally had a positive and significant impact on ICT diffusion in Asia-Pacific economies, its impact on Middle Eastern economies has been detrimental. The results of this study also show that trade-openness has had, in general, a positive and significant impact on ICT diffusion. Copyright © 2010, IGI Global.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-81
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Global Information Management
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2010

Keywords

  • Asia-Pacific
  • FDI inflows
  • government Intervention
  • ICT diffusion
  • Middle East
  • trade openness

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