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Does internet affect economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa?


  • Manas Tripathi

    () (Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, India)

  • Sarveshwar Kumar Inani

    () (Indian Institute of Management Lucknow, India)


The purpose of this study is to examine the long-run and short-run relationship between internet usage and economic growth for 42 sub-Saharan African countries, with the help of panel autoregressive distributed lag (ARDL) model for the period 1998 to 2014. The ARDL bounds test results indicate that the internet usage and economic growth are cointegrated, and share a long-run relationship. The results show that the internet usage has a positive and significant impact on the economic growth in the long-run. However, the relevant short-run parameter is negative. Our findings have important implications for formulating the internet and economic growth policies in sub-Saharan African countries.

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  • Manas Tripathi & Sarveshwar Kumar Inani, 2016. "Does internet affect economic growth in sub-Saharan Africa?," Economics Bulletin, AccessEcon, vol. 36(4), pages 1993-2002.
  • Handle: RePEc:ebl:ecbull:eb-16-00577

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    1. Bakari, Sayef, 2019. "Innovation and Economic Growth: Does Internet Matter?," MPRA Paper 94851, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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    Internet; GDP; Economic Growth; Panel ARDL; Cointegration;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights


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