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How do institutions matter in the income-equalizing effect of mobile phone penetration?

Asongu, Simplice A (2013): How do institutions matter in the income-equalizing effect of mobile phone penetration? Published in: European Economics Letters , Vol. 2, No. 2 (December 2013): pp. 56-61.

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Abstract

The object of this paper is to complement theoretical ‘mobile penetration’ literature with empirical evidence in a dual manner: on the one hand, assess the income-redistributive effect of mobile phone penetration and; on the other hand, the instrumentality of good governance in this nexus. Main findings suggest an equalizing income-redistributive effect, with a higher magnitude in the presence of government quality instruments. It follows that, good governance is a necessary condition for a higher income-equalizing effect of mobile phone penetration. The empirical evidence which deviates from mainstream country-specific and microeconomic survey-based approaches is on 52 African countries. ‘Mobile phone’-oriented poverty reduction channels are also discussed.

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