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The Impact of Mobile Telephone Use on Economic Development of Households in Uganda

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  • Sanne Lise Blauw

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

  • Philip Hans Franses

    (Erasmus University Rotterdam)

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We examine the impact of mobile telephone use on economic development of individual households. Unique cross-sectional data were collected in personal interviews with heads of households (N=196) in Uganda. Economic development is measured at the household level by the Progress out of Poverty Index. We find strong support that mobile phone use positively impacts economic development.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 11-152/4.

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Date of creation: 31 Oct 2011
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20110152

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Keywords: Economic development; Progress out of poverty index; mobile telephone; mobile banking; mobile search;

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