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Digital Government: ICT and Public Sector Management in Africa


  • Evans, Olaniyi


This study examines the effect of information and communication technologies (ICT) on public sector management in Africa for the period 1995–2015 using panel GMM model and Toda-Yamamoto causality tests. The empirical evidence shows that ICT has a positive and statistically significant effect on public sector management, meaning that an increase in ICT is associated with improved public sector management. There is also a bi-directional causality between ICT and public sector management, suggesting that ICT spurs public sector management which, in turn, spurs ICT even further. The public sector, civil society and international actors therefore have the responsibility to collaborate at developing policies and applications that will maximize the potentials of digital government to every level of public sector in Africa.

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  • Evans, Olaniyi, 2018. "Digital Government: ICT and Public Sector Management in Africa," MPRA Paper 91628, University Library of Munich, Germany.
  • Handle: RePEc:pra:mprapa:91628

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    Digital Government; ICT; Public Sector Management; public value; e-government;

    JEL classification:

    • H0 - Public Economics - - General
    • H00 - Public Economics - - General - - - General
    • H5 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies
    • H54 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - Infrastructures

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