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The Effects of Mobile Phone Infrastructure: Evidence from Rural Peru

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  • Beuermann, Diether

    (Inter-American Development Bank
    CENTRUM Business School)

  • McKelvey, Christopher

    (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

  • Sotelo, Carlos

    (Fondo de Inversion en Telecomunicaciones)

Abstract

We exploit the timing of cell phone coverage in rural Peru to investigate its effects on economic development. We exploit information regarding the location, date of installation and technical characteristics of cell phone towers in order to construct coverage patterns at the village level from 2001 through 2007. We then merge this information with national household surveys spanning the same period. Estimates suggest an increase of 7 percentage points in the likelihood of self reported cell phone ownership after coverage, an increase of 7.5 percent in yearly household expenditures, and a 13.5 percent increase in the value of assets.

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  • Beuermann, Diether & McKelvey, Christopher & Sotelo, Carlos, 2012. "The Effects of Mobile Phone Infrastructure: Evidence from Rural Peru," Working Papers 2012-012, Banco Central de Reserva del Perú.
  • Handle: RePEc:rbp:wpaper:2012-012
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    Keywords

    Mobile coverage; economic development;

    JEL classification:

    • O1 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Economic Development
    • O3 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights
    • Q13 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - Agricultural Markets and Marketing; Cooperatives; Agribusiness
    • Q16 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Agriculture - - - R&D; Agricultural Technology; Biofuels; Agricultural Extension Services

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