|Title||IMPACT OF BROADBAND ON ECONOMY|
|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Bouras, C, Kokkinos, V, Diles, G, Topaloglou, L, Bouras, C, Kos, A, Frank, A|
|Book Title||Policies and Tools for Efficient Design of Broadband Development|
In this chapter, we investigate the impact of broadband on the growth and employment in SEE countries, namely Austria, Bulgaria, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Greece, Montenegro, Slovenia. Specifically, we define the macroeconomic evidence required for the analysis. We then enforce regression analysis on data collected by the respective countries in order to find the correlation between broadband, growth and employment. The period of the examination was set to be the last decade in order to obtain an extended amount of data, and take into account possible influences on the results by the economic crisis and the subsequent recession of the last years in the area. We also estimate the cost savings to companies and the state by the usage of broadband-based e-government services. We then forecast these benefits to 2015 when the respective countries are expected to have reached the e-government usage level which is set by the European digital agenda (Digital agenda, 2013).