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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
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Econometrics | Industrial Organization | Public Economics | Science and Technology Policy
Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) play a fundamental role in today's society. As ICTs they become more mature and widely adopted, societies become more dependent on their use to operationalize daily activities. However, there are multiple societal impacts of ICTs that are not yet well understood. In this dissertation, I explore three different aspects of ICTs that have been widely discussed by media and industry during recent years. I analyze these topics from an economic perspective, contributing to the debate with rigorous modeling and the ensuing discussion of its implications. First, I study the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic had on remote meeting technologies' usage. Second, I empirically tackle the long debated question of whether internet users perceive internet providers' Network Neutrality practices. Finally, I analyze the most recent and ambitious public policy in the U.S. to improve households' broadband internet connectivity - the so-called policy of bridging of the "digital divide".
Espin, Augusto, "The Economics of Information and Communication Technologies in our Society" (2023). Doctoral Dissertations. 2737.
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