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Highlights:• Digitalization of the Russian economy is progressively reaching maturity. Nevertheless, the gap between developed countries is still quite strong, which limits the development of our country.
• The digital economy improves the quality of life of the population through the following: 1. Access to new benefits. 2. Cost-saving of social interaction and access to general information. 3. Cost-saving of access to education. 4. Cost-saving of purchasing goods and services. 5. Cost-saving of interaction with governmental authorities.
• There is little digital divide in Russia between regions. However, there is a difference in the Internet penetration rate between settlements with different population size and between different age groups.
• The development of remote employment in Russia is important because of the high level of inequality in living standards between the "center" and "periphery". The large number of educated workforce in the regions indicates a great potential for growth in remote employment.
• In Russia, there is a huge lag behind developed countries in the internetization of such areas as trade, employment, education and the provision of public and municipal services. At the same time, Russia is one of the world leaders in the accessibility of Internet infrastructure. This indicates the relative inefficiency of its usage.
Abstract:One of the major objectives of digital economy development in Russia is to improve the quality of life of the population. This article provides a brief analysis of the informatization of the Russia\'s economy as a whole. The impact directions of digital economy on the quality of life were distinguished. The analysis of Internet usage by Russian households was made. It is shown that there is no digital divide between the federal districts of Russia in terms of access to the Internet, but there is an imbalance in the Internet usage between different age groups. The penetration rate of digital technologies in the most important aspects of the Russian population life has been considered: acquisition of goods and services, education, employment and interaction with governmental authorities. The comparison of the internetization of these areas with the situation in developed countries is given.
Keywords:digital economy, distance learning, e-government, information economy, information inequality, internet, remote employment
JEL-Classification: I31, O15, O33
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