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Author Kelly, Tim (Tim John Charles), author

Title Reaping digital dividends : leveraging the Internet for development in Europe and Central Asia / Tim Kelly, Aleksandra Liaplina, Shawn W. Tan, and Hernan Winkler
Published Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group, [2017]
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Description 1 online resource (xxvii, 229 pages) : color illustrations, color maps
Series Europe and Central Asia studies
Europe and Central Asia studies.
Contents Cover; Half Title; Title; Copyright; Contents; About the Authors; Foreword; Acknowledgments; Abbreviations; Regional Classifications Used in This Report; Overview; How Is ECA Different?; Embracing Change; Reaping Digital Dividends in ECA: A Framework; Policies to Reap Digital Dividends in ECA; Reaping Digital Dividends in ECA: Toward a New Enlightenment; Note; References; 1 Internet Adoption; Introduction and Main Messages; Breadth of Internet Adoption in ECA: Uptake and Connectivity; Depth of Internet Adoption in ECA: Intensity of Internet Use; Conclusion
Annex 1A. ECA Country ClassificationNotes; References; 2 Supply of Internet Networks and Services; Introduction and Main Messages; Connectivity in ECA; Policy and Regulatory Tools for the Supply of Internet Networks and Services; Conclusion; Notes; References; 3 Firm Productivity and Dynamics; Introduction and Main Messages; The Internet Can Increase Firm Productivity; The Internet Can Increase Firm Entry; Constraints on Firms' Use of the Internet to Increase Productivity and Entry; Governments' Policy Priorities Depend on the Level of Competition
Do Skills Bottlenecks Significantly Constrain Internet Adoption in ECA?The Rapid Obsolescence of Skills in Aging Economies; The Changing Demand for Skills May Affect Shared Prosperity and Inequality in ECA; Policies for Developing the Skills of the Digital Economy; Annex 5A. Impact Studies; Notes; References; 6 The Internet Is Changing the Labor Market Arrangements; Introduction and Main Messages; The Internet Is Changing the Labor Market Structure in ECA; Are Labor Market Developments Benefiting Everyone Equally in ECA?; Labor Market Policies for the Digital Economy
The Internet Is Generating New Challenges for PolicyAnnex 3A. Selected Firm-Level Studies; Notes; References; 4 Digital Trade; Introduction and Main Messages; The Internet Can Increase Exports by Reducing Trade Costs; E-Commerce Is Transforming Sales to Both Domestic and Foreign Consumers; The Internet Makes Firms More Mobile; Policy Priorities for the Government; New Challenges in Digital Trade; Notes; References; 5 The Internet Is Changing the Demand for Skills; Introduction and Main Messages; Is the Internet Increasing Labor Market Polarization in ECA?; Which Are the New Economy Skills?
The Labor Market Challenges of the Internet Economy in ECANotes; References; 7 Toward a Digital Single Market; Introduction and Main Messages; Digital Economy: Connecting the Unconnected in ECA; Strengthening the Analog Foundations of the Digital Economy in ECA; Conclusion; Notes; References; Boxes; O.1 Declared War: The Misfortunes of Online Platforms in the EU; O.2 Structure of the Report; O.3 Successful Policies for Digital Development: The Case of New EU Members; 1.1 ECA Has a Great Potential for Mobile Banking and Commerce; 1.2 Where Are the European Market Leaders on the Internet?
Summary From East to West, the economies of Europe and Central Asia (ECA) are not taking full advantage of the internet to foster economic growth and job creation. The residents of Central Asia and the South Caucasus pay some of the highest prices in the world for internet connections that are slow and unreliable. In contrast, Europe enjoys some of the world's fastest and affordable internet services. However, its firms and individuals are not fully exploiting the internet to achieve higher productivity growth as well as more and better jobs. Reaping Digital Dividends investigates the barriers that are holding back the broader adoption of the internet in ECA. The report identifies the main bottlenecks and provides policy recommendations tailored to economies at varying levels of digital development. It concludes that policies to increase internet access are necessary but not sufficient. Policies to foster competition, international trade and skills supply, as well as adapting regulations to the changing business environment and labor markets, will also be necessary. In other words, Reaping Digital Dividends not only requires better connectivity, but also complementary factors that allow governments, firms and individuals to make the most out of it
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Description based on print version record
Subject Economic development -- Asia, Central -- Computer network resources.
Economic development -- Europe -- Computer network resources.
Form Electronic book
Author Liaplina, Aleksandra, author
Tan, Shawn W., author
Winkler, Hernan, author
World Bank Group, publisher
ISBN 1464810273 (electronic bk.)
9781464810275 (electronic bk.)