The Influence of Digital Literacy on Non-Agricultural Employment
Digital technologies and the Internet are playing increasingly important roles in people’s daily activities. The competence to utilize these technologies has created a new type of literacy, known as digital literacy. Meanwhile, non-agricultural employment is an essential source of income, especially for those living in rural areas. Researchers find that Internet usage encourages household entrepreneurship. We also posit that digital literacy enables people to look for and obtain non-agricultural employment opportunities. Using Chinese data gathered in 2017, we first study the factors influencing digital literacy. We then determine the relationship between digital literacy and non-agricultural employment. We also examine the influence of digital literacy on the income of people working in non-agricultural sectors. Quantitative results indicate that digital literacy has a positive impact on
non-agricultural employment for both urban and rural residents. For those employed in non-agricultural sectors, digital literacy is positively associated with income. We suggest that people’s income can be increased by equipping them with digital literacy. We also propose policies for improving digital literacy.
Keywords: digital literacy; non-agricultural employment; income
Y. Li, G. Duan, F. Tian, "The Influence of Digital Literacy on Non-Agricultural Employment",
Engineering Intelligent Systems, vol. 30 no. 4, pp. 317-324, 2023.