Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123599
Authors: 
Asongu, Simplice A.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
AGDI Working Paper WP/13/021
Abstract: 
Purpose – 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. Design/methodology/approach – Robust Ordinary Least Squares and Two Stage Least Squares empirical strategies are employed. Findings – The findings suggest that mobile penetration is pro-poor, as it has a positive income equality effect. Social implications – 'Mobile phone'-oriented poverty reduction channels are discussed. Originality/value – 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.
Subjects: 
Mobile Phones
Shadow Economy
Poverty
Inequality
Africa
JEL: 
E00
G20
I30
L96
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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