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The Role of Telecommunication Infrastructure in the Regional Economic Growth of Africa

  • Enowbi Batuo, Michael

This paper deals with the effects of telecommunications on the economic growth in African countries. The telecommunications sector became a vital sector during the era of the economic reform that has been characterising the continent. We investigate empirically the role of telecommunication infrastructures on long-run economic growth in 40 African countries, for the span of time from 1984 to 2005. We use the panel data approach model, which evidences that telecommunications contribute in a major way to the economic development of the continent. It is a crucial determinant, as findings indicate a significant and positive correlation between telecommunication infrastructures and regional growth in Africa, after controlling for a number of other factors. Results also show that investment in telecommunications is subject to increasing returns.

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Paper provided by University Library of Munich, Germany in its series MPRA Paper with number 19133.

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Date of creation: 29 Jul 2008
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Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:19133
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