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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to complement theoretical and qualitative literature with empirical evidence on the income-redistributive effect of mobile phone penetration in 52 African countries. It deviates from mainstream country-specific and microeconomic survey-based approaches in the literature and provides the first macroeconomic assessment of the ‘mobile phone’-inequality nexus. The findings suggest that mobile penetration is pro-poor, as it has a positive income equality effect. ‘Mobile phone’-oriented poverty reduction channels are discussed.



Item Type: MPRA Paper -

Original Title: The impact of mobile phone penetration on African inequality-

Language: English-

Keywords: Mobile Phones; Shadow Economy; Poverty; Inequality; Africa-

Subjects: E - Macroeconomics and Monetary Economics > E0 - General > E00 - GeneralG - Financial Economics > G2 - Financial Institutions and Services > G20 - GeneralI - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare, Well-Being, and Poverty > I30 - GeneralL - Industrial Organization > L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and UtilitiesL - Industrial Organization > L9 - Industry Studies: Transportation and Utilities > L96 - TelecommunicationsO - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O3 - Innovation ; Research and Development ; Technological Change ; Intellectual Property Rights > O33 - Technological Change: Choices and Consequences ; Diffusion ProcessesO - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth > O5 - Economywide Country Studies > O55 - Africa-





Autor: Asongu, Simplice A

Fuente: https://mpra.ub.uni-muenchen.de/46041/







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