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Effects of Internet Usage on Tolerance - A Field Study in Niue

Foghammar, Ludvig LU (2013) In Minor Field Studies Series NEKH01 20122
Department of Economics
Abstract
Open and tolerant societies have plenty of advantages over intolerant ones. This applies to everything from the population’s level of happiness to the society’s creativity and the economic growth. If employers discriminate against and hire people for other characteristics than strictly a person’s productivity, the company and the society will suffer from a productivity loss. Moreover, wage discrimination and other economic effects of intolerance have a negative impact on a country as a whole. To conclude, there are incentives for governments to promote tolerance in order to achieve growth.

Earlier studies have shown that the introduction of new media, e.g. television, to remote societies has an impact on women empowerment, tolerance of... (More)
Open and tolerant societies have plenty of advantages over intolerant ones. This applies to everything from the population’s level of happiness to the society’s creativity and the economic growth. If employers discriminate against and hire people for other characteristics than strictly a person’s productivity, the company and the society will suffer from a productivity loss. Moreover, wage discrimination and other economic effects of intolerance have a negative impact on a country as a whole. To conclude, there are incentives for governments to promote tolerance in order to achieve growth.

Earlier studies have shown that the introduction of new media, e.g. television, to remote societies has an impact on women empowerment, tolerance of other people and sex preferences among expectant parents. However, there is not much research on what the impact of access to and usage of internet could have on tolerance. In this paper evidence is found that internet usage for more than one hour per day has an effect on overall tolerance in Niue, which is a remote, self-governing Pacific island. It is also found that people using internet more than three hours per day are more tolerant towards immigration and other religions. Nevertheless, more research could be done in this area and a possible way could be to compare the results found in this paper with data from other islands where internet is not as widespread as in Niue. (Less)
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author
Foghammar, Ludvig LU
supervisor
organization
course
NEKH01 20122
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
INTERNET, MEDIA INTRODUCTION, PACIFIC ISLAND, TOLERANCE, GENDER EQUALITY, IMMIGRATION, RELIGION, ECONOMIC GROWTH, WI-FI, ISOLATED SOCIETIES
publication/series
Minor Field Studies Series
language
English
additional info
This thesis attracted some media attention. Please follow the links below if interested:

City Lund 2012-01-17: http://np.netpublicator.com/netpublication/n10393121

Lund Business Review 2012-01-08 http://review.ehl.lu.se/tillit-pa-stillahavson-bakom-domanen-nu/

BCN News, TV interview 2012-11-15 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJKAlAVaw_8
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3411975
date added to LUP
2013-02-13 11:44:38
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2013-02-13 11:44:38
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  abstract     = {Open and tolerant societies have plenty of advantages over intolerant ones. This applies to everything from the population’s level of happiness to the society’s creativity and the economic growth. If employers discriminate against and hire people for other characteristics than strictly a person’s productivity, the company and the society will suffer from a productivity loss. Moreover, wage discrimination and other economic effects of intolerance have a negative impact on a country as a whole. To conclude, there are incentives for governments to promote tolerance in order to achieve growth.

Earlier studies have shown that the introduction of new media, e.g. television, to remote societies has an impact on women empowerment, tolerance of other people and sex preferences among expectant parents. However, there is not much research on what the impact of access to and usage of internet could have on tolerance. In this paper evidence is found that internet usage for more than one hour per day has an effect on overall tolerance in Niue, which is a remote, self-governing Pacific island. It is also found that people using internet more than three hours per day are more tolerant towards immigration and other religions. Nevertheless, more research could be done in this area and a possible way could be to compare the results found in this paper with data from other islands where internet is not as widespread as in Niue.},
  author       = {Foghammar, Ludvig},
  keyword      = {INTERNET,MEDIA INTRODUCTION,PACIFIC ISLAND,TOLERANCE,GENDER EQUALITY,IMMIGRATION,RELIGION,ECONOMIC GROWTH,WI-FI,ISOLATED SOCIETIES},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  series       = {Minor Field Studies Series},
  title        = {Effects of Internet Usage on Tolerance - A Field Study in Niue},
  year         = {2013},
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