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‘Leapfrogging’: a Survey of the Nature and Economic Implications of Mobile Money

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Mobile money is a recent financial innovation giving financial transaction services via a mobile phone, including to the unbanked global poor. Mobile money technology has spread rapidly in the developing world, “leapfrogging” the provision of formal banking services by solving the problems of weak institutional infrastructure and the cost structure of conventional banking. This survey examines the evolution of mobile money, its important role in widening financial inclusion, and the impact of regulation on the development of mobile money systems. It explores the channels of economic influence of mobile money from both a micro and a macro perspective, and presents the first critical survey of the current state of micro and macro empirical literature on the economic impact of mobile money.

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  • Janine Aron, 2017. "‘Leapfrogging’: a Survey of the Nature and Economic Implications of Mobile Money," CSAE Working Paper Series 2017-02, Centre for the Study of African Economies, University of Oxford.
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    1. Lashitew, Addisu A. & van Tulder, Rob & Liasse, Yann, 2019. "Mobile phones for financial inclusion: What explains the diffusion of mobile money innovations?," Research Policy, Elsevier, vol. 48(5), pages 1201-1215.
    2. Riley, Emma, 2018. "Mobile money and risk sharing against village shocks," Journal of Development Economics, Elsevier, vol. 135(C), pages 43-58.
    3. Luc Jacolin & Massil Keneck & Alphonse Noah, 2019. "Informal Sector and Mobile Financial Services in Developing Countries: Does Financial Innovation Matter?," Working papers 721, Banque de France.
    4. Serge Ky & Clovis Rugemintwari & Alain Sauviat, 2019. "Friends or foes? Mobile money interaction with formal and informal finance," Working Papers hal-02000982, HAL.

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