Digitalisation and Development

Issues for India and Beyond

  • Dibyendu Maiti
  • Fulvio Castellacci
  • Arne Melchior

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Dibyendu Maiti, Fulvio Castellacci, Arne Melchior
      Pages 3-29 Open Access
    3. Per Botolf Maurseth
      Pages 31-86
  3. ICTs and Economic Performance

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 87-87
    2. Abdul A. Erumban, Deb Kusum Das
      Pages 89-117
    3. Prakash Singh, Dibyendu Maiti
      Pages 161-181
    4. Biswajit Mandal, Alaka Shree Prasad
      Pages 183-197
    5. Nilabja Ghosh, Mayanglambam Rajeshwor, Parmeet Kumar Vinit
      Pages 199-233
  4. Digital Divide and Inequalities

  5. ICT Users and Socio-Economic Effects

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 435-436

About this book


This book investigates the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on development and well-being (beyond economic benefits) and highlights some emerging issues relating to the realities, constraints and digital divides with particular reference to India. It collects a series of novel contributions, studying the Indian experience in an international cross-country perspective. The book also discusses economic, social, and behavioural aspects of well-being as well as access to ICTs across regions, states and individuals to account for the digital divide. The book establishes an aggregate relationship between ICT exposure and well-being at the country level and addresses a number of fundamental issues, such as whether ICT raises the level of transparency and governance. Based on case studies and anecdotal evidence, it then further assesses the effective implementation of service delivery through ICT innovations.

The book is divided into four parts: The introductory part surveys the literature and presents background information on the Indian case; introduces the main themes on the relationships between ICT, socio-economic development and digital divides; and provides a summary and roadmap to the chapters of the book. Part II focuses on the impact of ICT on economic performance, including economic growth, productivity and trade. Part III examines the extent of the digital divides in India, including international, regional as well as inter-personal inequality. Finally, Part IV investigates the impact of ICT on governance, users’ well-being and social outcomes. Combining insights from analyses of a variety of socio-economic dimensions related to digitalisation, this book is relevant for a wide range of scholars and researchers across disciplines, as well as practitioners and policy-makers. While the book has a main focus on India, various contributions take an international cross-country comparative perspective, and the results have general relevance for digitalisation and development. On the whole, the main message of this book is that the impact of ICTs is contingent upon other assets, capabilities and institutional conditions. National policies should, therefore, not only promote digitalization as such but also ensure its co-evolution and complementarity with a variety of other country-specific factors.

Chapter 'Digitalisation and Development: Issues for India and Beyond' of this book is available open access under a CC BY 4.0 license at


Economics of ICT Informal Technology Development Welfare Indian Economy

Editors and affiliations

  • Dibyendu Maiti
    • 1
  • Fulvio Castellacci
    • 2
  • Arne Melchior
    • 3
  1. 1.Delhi School of EconomicsDelhiIndia
  2. 2.Head of DepartmentCentre for Technology, Innovation and CultureOsloNorway
  3. 3.Senior Research FellowNorwegian Institute of International AffairsOsloNorway

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