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Regional Economics: Theory and Practice

International digital development indexes: A methodology for data collection, systematization and processing

Vol. 18, Iss. 7, JULY 2020

Received: 30 April 2020

Received in revised form: 26 May 2020

Accepted: 13 June 2020

Available online: 16 July 2020


JEL Classification: C15

Pages: 1374–1396


Edronova V.N. National Research Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod (UNN), Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation


Subject. This article provides a comprehensive comparative review of the present-day used International Digital Development Indexes of countries and regions.
Objectives. The article aims to review and compare the characteristics and methodologies of digitalization indexes developed by international institutions.
Methods. For the study, I used a comparative analysis.
Results. The article presents an overview of the methods of calculating the largest international indexes and compiling ratings of digital development of countries. It defines the content of the indexes, and describes the characteristics of the digital development of Russia on the basis of major international indexes.
Conclusions. The methodology for calculating all international digital development indexes is identical in terms of objectives, methods of forming a primary base, data systematization, and calculation of composite indexes and sub-indexes. An objective assessment of the level and trends of digital development requires a comprehensive analysis of the totality of ratings and an understanding of the methodology for calculating indexes on the basis of which ratings are defined.

Keywords: digital development of countries, international index, ratings


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