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Patterns of mobile phone use in developing countries : Evidence from Africa


  • James, M.J.

    (Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management)


According to traditional welfare economics welfare occurs at the point where a good is purchased and some amount of utility is assumed to derive therefrom. According to Sen and others however one needs to look in addition to what use is made of the good after purchase. This paper throws new light on this process by means of a large new data-set that examines use patterns of mobile phones in 11 African countries. The main hypothesis is that this technology will be most widely used in countries lacking in viable alternatives to the use of mobile phones e.g. where public transport is weak or roads are poor. The results tend to support this view though there remains much to be explained.

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  • James, M.J., 2014. "Patterns of mobile phone use in developing countries : Evidence from Africa," Other publications TiSEM d4e4bc0d-7710-4209-8a99-f, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
  • Handle: RePEc:tiu:tiutis:d4e4bc0d-7710-4209-8a99-f0c7c8370203

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    1. Jeffrey James & Mila Versteeg, 2007. "Mobile phones in Africa: how much do we really know?," Social Indicators Research: An International and Interdisciplinary Journal for Quality-of-Life Measurement, Springer, vol. 84(1), pages 117-126, October.
    2. James, M.J. & Versteeg, M., 2007. "Mobile phones in Africa : How much do we really know?," Other publications TiSEM 71c384dd-b246-4fa0-a046-d, Tilburg University, School of Economics and Management.
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