Program Participant

Program Participant

Lian Wang

Assistant Professor, School of Economics and Management, Southwest Petroleum University, and Visiting Scholar, School of Business, University of Utah

Dr. Wang is an Assistant Professor at the School of Economics and Management, Southwest Petroleum University, China. He is currently a visiting scholar at the School of Business, University of Utah. He received his PhD from Southwest Jiaotong University (Management Science and Engineering). His research mainly focuses on e-commerce and big data analytics, in particular market demand projection by utilizing online user generated content.

Prior to the Ph.D. Program, he worked for the Institute of Scientific and Technical Information of China (ISTIC), a national research and service institute subordinated to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), for three years where he was actively involved in policy making research.

You can find Lian Wang in:

Research Workshop: Overcoming the Digital Divide
Sunday, 21 January 2018


Meheroo Jussawalla Research Prize Award

Does National Broadband Plan Narrow Digital Divide? Evidence from China


Paper Slides


While more and more countries are jumping on the broadband plan bandwagon, there is a dearth of research on whether if a national broad plan could narrow a nation’s regional digital divide. In this paper, we use recent national statistical data sets to quantify the impact of China’s national broadband strategy on the digital divide. Our analysis has shown, while such a strategy could narrow the regional divide in terms of coverage of broadband infrastructure, it has a limited impact on closing the penetration divide, not to mention the quality divide. Particularly for countries that have entered the saturation stage of broadband development, the emphasis on broadband policy must be changed from continuing to invest in infrastructure to targeting users directly.

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