Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/123603
Authors: 
Asongu, Simplice A.
Year of Publication: 
2013
Series/Report no.: 
AGDI Working Paper WP/13/027
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.
Subjects: 
Mobile Phones
Shadow Economy
Poverty
Inequality
Africa
JEL: 
E00
G20
I30
L96
O33
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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