nep-ict New Economics Papers
on Information and Communication Technologies
Issue of 2017‒05‒07
two papers chosen by
Walter Frisch
Universität Wien

  1. Digital and Competing Information Sources: Impact on Environmental Concern and Prospects for Cooperation By Udalov, Vladimir; Welfens, Paul J. J.
  2. Exploring the role of ICT-Enabled Social Innovation to support the modernisation of EU Social Protection Systems: findings and insights from analysis of case studies in fourteen Member States By Gianluca Misuraca; Giulio Pasi; Fabienne Abadie; Csaba Kucsera; Marco Virginillo

  1. By: Udalov, Vladimir (University of Wuppertal); Welfens, Paul J. J. (University of Wuppertal)
    Abstract: The environmental concern of people in industrialized and developing countries is analysed. Using the 2010-2014 wave of the World Value Survey (WVS), the main purpose of our analysis is to investigate the effect of different information sources on the affective, conative and behavioural components of the environmental concern of people in the developed and developing countries. As independent variables we use a set of economic data as well as information-related variables, including the internet, mobile phones, TV, radio and newspapers. The digital variables of the internet and mobile phones turn out to have a highly significant impact on environmental concern so that digital modernization of countries should have pro-environmental impacts as a side-effect of internet and mobile phone services expansion. With the developing countries catching-up vis-à-vis the OECD countries in the field of mobile phone density and internet density, respectively, one may expect better prospects for cooperation between developed and developing countries since attitudes/the environmental concern of people in developed and developing countries will become more similar – an effect that is reinforced through the income variable.
    Keywords: environmental concern, World Value Survey, mass media, information technologies, international economics
    JEL: Q50 D10 C83 D80
    Date: 2017–03
  2. By: Gianluca Misuraca (European Commission – JRC); Giulio Pasi (European Commission – JRC); Fabienne Abadie (European Commission – JRC); Csaba Kucsera (Independent Researcher, Budapest, Hungary); Marco Virginillo (KPMG Advisory Spa, Rome, Italy)
    Abstract: This report presents the results of the analysis of selected case studies on how ICT-enabled social innovations promoting social investment can contribute to the modernisation of social protection systems in the EU. The case studies are drawn from 14 different Member States and address diverse social services and policy domains. Evidence from the analysis points to the strong potential of using new approaches based on ICT-enabled social innovation to support public authorities, at various governance levels, in their efforts to improve the effectiveness and impact of social services delivery mechanisms and outreach. The analysis makes a first attempt to assess the relationship between different typologies of ICT-enabled social innovation and the broader social protection system in which they are embedded. However, more research is needed to better understand the potential impact these initiatives could have on enhancing the adequacy and sustainability of welfare systems in the EU.
    Keywords: Social investment, social policy innovation, SIP, Social Investment Package, social economy, social enterprise, ICT enabled social innovation, ICT, services, social protection, social welfare
    JEL: O33 O35 O38 H55 H75 H83 I31 I38
    Date: 2017–04

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