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Political Institutions and the Development of Telecommunications

  • Andonova, Veneta

    ()

    (Universidad de los Andes)

  • Diaz-Serrano, Luis

    ()

    (Universitat Rovira i Virgili)

It has traditionally been argued that the development of telecommunications infrastructure is dependent on the quality of countries’ political institutions. We estimate the effect of political institutions on the diffusion of three telecommunications services and find it to be much smaller in cellular telephony than in the others. By evaluating the importance of institutions for technologies rather than for industries, we reveal important growth opportunities for developing countries and offer policy implications for alleviating differences between countries in international telecommunications development.

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Paper provided by Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in its series IZA Discussion Papers with number 2569.

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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Jan 2007
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Publication status: published as 'Political Institutions and the Development of Telecommunications', Journal of Development Economics, 2009, 89, 77-83
Handle: RePEc:iza:izadps:dp2569
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