nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2013‒02‒16
three papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
University Vienna

  1. Assessing the Impact of Internet Access on Household Income and Financial Performance of Small Farms By Khanal, Aditya R.; Mishra, Ashok K.
  2. A conceptual model for the use of social media in companies By Nistor, Cristian
  3. Targeting information policy for improved system performance By Temel, Tugrul

  1. By: Khanal, Aditya R.; Mishra, Ashok K.
    Abstract: With increased focus on survival strategies for small farm businesses, we investigate the impact of Internet access on income and farm expenses of small farm business and households. Using a nation-wide farm-level data in the U.S. and non-parametric matching estimators, the study finds a significant positive impact of Internet access on total household and off-farm income.
    Keywords: Small farms, household income, financial performance, average treatment effect, Internet, Agricultural Finance, Community/Rural/Urban Development, Consumer/Household Economics,
    Date: 2013
  2. By: Nistor, Cristian
    Abstract: Social media is currently an evolving “wave” in online business marketing. Marketers are beginning to drive the use of social media as a component in their marketing strategy and campaigns to reach out to customers and fans. Within the subdisciplines of marketing that may use social media include promotions, marketing intelligence, sentiments research, public relations, marketing communications and product and customer management. This paper will try to find a conceptual model to examine people’s behavior, model based on the Theory of Reason Action (TRA) and the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM).
    Keywords: Social media; Social networks; Social influence; Technology acceptance model; perceived ease of use; perceived usefulness
    JEL: C51 A13 A14
    Date: 2013–01–04
  3. By: Temel, Tugrul
    Abstract: This paper introduces a method for characterising the structure of a multi-sector information system and illustrates its application in formulating testable hypotheses and targeting information policy for improved system performance. This characterisation is accomplished by identifying information gaps and cause-effect information pathways in the system concerned. An experimental workshop and a questionnaire are designed to gather data for the application of the method. The method allows one to analyze system information structure and performance implied by qualitative expert knowledge.
    Keywords: information policy; information system; system formation and performance
    JEL: D83 D85
    Date: 2013–02–09

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