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How do institutions matter in the income-equalizing effect of mobile phone penetration?

  • Asongu Simplice

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    (Yaoundé/Cameroun)

The 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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Paper provided by African Governance and Development Institute. in its series Working Papers with number 13/027.

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Length: 13
Date of creation: Sep 2013
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Publication status: Forthcoming in European Economics Letters
Handle: RePEc:agd:wpaper:13/027
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