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I'm thinking about writing my bachelor thesis on how "internet users" (per 100 people) affect gdp per capita for developing countries. I´m thinking of using a regression analysis. But how can I identify the effect of only "internet users" when the gdp has a positive time trend. I will use data from 1995-2015. Helps would be very much appreciated.

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  • $\begingroup$ Since this is for your thesis you need to include the self-study tag. $\endgroup$ – Michael Chernick Mar 29 '17 at 15:56
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    $\begingroup$ We're going to need a lot more information before this is answerable. What are your variables? What would it mean for internet users to "affect" GDP vs "no affect" GDP? Etc. $\endgroup$ – gung Mar 29 '17 at 16:13
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    $\begingroup$ Yeah, sorry for that. My idea is to examine if the number of "internet users" (per 100 people) as my independent variable affect gdp as a dependent variable. I haven't thought of other possible independent variables that could be of use. But I would like to see if there is a causal relationship between the increasing amount of internet users in developing countries and its gdp. Just looking for ideas. Thanks $\endgroup$ – Mandgie Mar 29 '17 at 16:24
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I will use a OLS regression! $\endgroup$ – Mandgie Mar 29 '17 at 16:39
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelChernick, Just because this is part of a thesis doesn't mean it needs a self-study tag. By that logic, literally any problem encountered in any research project could be called self study. $\endgroup$ – GoF_Logistic Mar 29 '17 at 18:04

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