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The impact of mobile phone penetration on African inequality

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  • Asongu, Simplice A

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The aim of this paper is to complement theoretical and qualitative literature with empirical evidence on the income-redistributive effect of mobile phone penetration in 52 African countries. It deviates from mainstream country-specific and microeconomic survey-based approaches in the literature and provides the first macroeconomic assessment of the ‘mobile phone’-inequality nexus. The findings suggest that mobile penetration is pro-poor, as it has a positive income equality effect. ‘Mobile phone’-oriented poverty reduction channels are discussed.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 46041.

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Date of creation: 31 Aug 2012
Date of revision: 08 Apr 2013
Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:46041

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Keywords: Mobile Phones; Shadow Economy; Poverty; Inequality; Africa;

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  1. Asongu Simplice, 2013. "How do institutions matter in the income-equalizing effect of mobile phone penetration?," Working Papers 13/027, African Governance and Development Institute..
  2. Asongu, Simplice A, 2013. "Liberalization and financial sector competition: a critical contribution to the empirics with an African assessment," MPRA Paper 52212, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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