How do institutions matter in the income-equalizing effect of mobile phone penetration?
AbstractThe object of this paper is to complement theoretical ‘mobile penetration’ literature with empirical evidence in a dual manner: on the one hand, assess the income-redistributive effect of mobile phone penetration and; on the other hand, the instrumentality of good governance in this nexus. Main findings suggest an equalizing income-redistributive effect, with a higher magnitude in the presence of government quality instruments. It follows that, good governance is a necessary condition for a higher income-equalizing effect of mobile phone penetration. The empirical evidence which deviates from mainstream country-specific and microeconomic survey-based approaches is on 52 African countries. ‘Mobile phone’-oriented poverty reduction channels are also discussed.
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Bibliographic InfoPaper provided by African Governance and Development Institute. in its series Working Papers with number 13/027.
Date of creation: Sep 2013
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Publication status: Forthcoming in European Economics Letters
Mobile Phones; Shadow Economy; Poverty; Inequality; Africa;
Other versions of this item:
- Asongu, Simplice A., 2013. "How do institutions matter in the income-equalizing effect of mobile phone penetration?," European Economic Letters, European Economics Letters Group, vol. 2(2), pages 56-61.
- Asongu, Simplice A, 2013. "How do institutions matter in the income-equalizing effect of mobile phone penetration?," MPRA Paper 52208, University Library of Munich, Germany.
- E00 - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics - - General - - - General
- G20 - Financial Economics - - Financial Institutions and Services - - - General
- I30 - Health, Education, and Welfare - - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty - - - General
- L96 - Industrial Organization - - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities - - - Telecommunications
- O33 - Economic Development, Technological Change, and Growth - - Technological Change; Research and Development; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences; Diffusion Processes
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