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Beyond Broadband AccessDeveloping Data-Based Information Policy Strategies$
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Richard D. Taylor and Amit M. Schejter

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780823251834

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823251834.001.0001

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European Broadband Spending

European Broadband Spending

Implications of Input-Output Analysis and Opportunity Costs

(p.189) Chapter 11 European Broadband Spending
Beyond Broadband Access

Ibrahim Kholilul Rohman

Erik Bohlin

Fordham University Press

This chapter considers the opportunity costs involved in using government funds for broadband in the context of a future European proposal to publicly finance broadband infrastructures. Using the input-output (IO) table methodology, it analyzes whether European investments in broadband infrastructures would improve welfare. The chapter begins with a literature review of previous studies on the relationship between broadband and information and communication technology (ICT) before turning to a discussion of the opportunity cost concept from a macroeconomic point of view. It then presents the macro perspective of the opportunity cost using the IO methodology and performs cost-benefit analysis based on the value of the economic multiplier, using the 59-sector IO table of European countries.

Keywords:   opportunity costs, government funds, broadband, Europe, broadband infrastructures, input-output table, investments, welfare, information and communication technology, cost-benefit analysis

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