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Telecommunications Infrastructure and Economic Development: A Simultaneous Approach

  • Lars-Hendrik Roller
  • Leonard Waverman

In this paper we investigate how telecommunications infrastructure affects economic growth. We use evidence from 21 OECD countries over a 20-year period to examine the impacts that telecommunications developments may have had. We jointly estimate a micromodel for telecommunication investment with a macro production function. We find evidence of a significant positive causal link, especially when a critical mass of telecommunications infrastructure is present. Interestingly, the critical mass appears to be at a level of telecommunications infrastructure that is near universal service.

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Article provided by American Economic Association in its journal American Economic Review.

Volume (Year): 91 (2001)
Issue (Month): 4 (September)
Pages: 909-923

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Handle: RePEc:aea:aecrev:v:91:y:2001:i:4:p:909-923
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.91.4.909
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