The Center for Demographic and Social Analysis presents

"Demographic, Social, and Economic Influences on Digital Inequality in Japan: A Spatial and Multivariate Analysis"
with James B. Pick, Visiting Researcher, Winter Quarter 2013, Department of Sociology, UCI; School of Business, University of Redlands

Tuesday, February 5, 2013
12:30-1:30 p.m.
Social Science Plaza B, Room 4250

This study of digital inequalities within Japan utilizes data from the country’s 47 prefectures for spatial and multivariate analysis of distributions of technology utilization and expenditure variables. It analyzes the spatial outliers and clusters of prefectures for the country. The paper constructs a conceptual model based on 10 dependent factors and 12 independent ones. The relationship of the independent to dependent factors is moderated by exploratory analysis of spatial patterns of technology utilization.  Wide geographical variation on utilization of digital technologies is examined.  Based on the multivariate model, an empirical analysis identifies correlates of the nation’s digital divide, including Japan’s aged population, which has wide generational gaps; patents registered by Japanese citizens;
newspaper circulation; students and pupils per capita, and household expenditures on education.  Findings suggest modifications to the conceptual model. Comparisons and distinctions are made with China and the European Union nations.  Implications for the Japan’s regional planning policies are considered.

This event is part of the Population, Society and Inequality Colloquium Series.

For further information, please contact Sandy Cushman, or 949-824-3344.

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