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Political institutions and the development of telecomunications

  • Veneta Andonova

    ()

    (Department of Bussines, Universidad de los Andes)

  • Luis Díaz-Serrano

    ()

    (Grup de Recerca en Economia del Benestar (CREB-GRIT-IZA), Departament d'Economia, Universitat de Barcelona)

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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Length: 28 pages
Date of creation: Dec 2006
Date of revision: Dec 2006
Handle: RePEc:xrp:wpaper:creap2006-10
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