Socio-Economic and Regional Factors of Digital Literacy Related to Prosperity

Natasa Urbancikova, Nataliia Manakova, Bielcheva Ganna


Purpose: to study social, economic, demographic, regional factors of digital literacy as a basis of digital prosperity.

Methodology/Approach: Three research questions are studied, using regression models for cross-sectional data - Pooling model, Random effects model and Fixed-effects model and the Item Cluster Analysis method.

Findings: Age, education, income and household type are the most significant factors of digital literacy, giving rise to the societal digital divide in Slovakia. Less important factors are the city size and the sector of the economy, but only weak is the influence of region, gender and nationality.

Research Limitation/implication: Only the contingency tables of the longitudinal surveys were available, so the microanalysis was not possible.


digital literacy; digital prosperity; ICT revolution; vulnerable groups; regional disparities

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