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Movements in the Digital Divide

By Benjamin Berg

I explore how the “Digital Divide” in the United States manifests during the
period from 2000 to 2007. I find that the digital divide is decreasing with home computer
and Internet use. But a new divide has emerged with high-speed Internet. Even though
the income gap is closing with home computer use, the evidence suggests that an
important income bottleneck is occurring at the computer acquisition level. Many never
have the chance to adopt the Internet at home because they do not have a computer.

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Advisor: Peter Arcidiacon


Undergraduate Program Assistant
Jennifer Becker

Director of the Honors Program
Michelle P. Connolly