First Advisor

John Gallup

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Economics and University Honors




Rural development -- Technological innovations -- India, Information technology -- Economic aspects -- India, Information technology -- Social aspects -- India




In this analysis I examine India’s most thriving sector, information and communication technology (ICT). Over the past two decades, India's ICT sector has grown at a rapid rate compared to world standards and has become their specialized area of economic interest. Employment in this sector generally requires highly skilled, educated, English-speaking workers. The majority of India’s population live in rural areas, with little to no access to education; thus, they have major boundaries to participating in India’s booming growth.

I inquire into the relationship and correlation between the Indian ICT sector and the socioeconomic livelihood of rural citizens, as measured by poverty level. Through generalization of current literature and linear regression analysis of primary data sources from the Indian government, I conclude that ICT has the potential to greatly benefit the rural impoverished, but it unfortunately remains untapped. As a result, increasing ICT specialization continues to leave the rural behind.


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