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Internet Adoption Trends during COVID-19

Amaglobeli, David and Gu, Mengfei and Moszoro, Marian and Zhou, Yue and Escalante, Patricia (2023): Internet Adoption Trends during COVID-19. Published in: IMF Note No. 2023/001 (31 March 2023): pp. 1-10.

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This paper examines the common perception that internet adoption accelerated globally during the COVID- 19 pandemic. The data show little evidence of a faster expansion of access to internet (extensive margin) across all country income groups but strong evidence of acceleration in the improvement in the quality of connectivity (intensive margin). The data also support that, despite a decline in internet prices over the past decade, affordability of digital services remains a concern for low-income developing countries.

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