Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/149970
Authors: 
Asongu, Simplice
Nwachukwu, Jacinta C.
Year of Publication: 
2016
Series/Report no.: 
AGDI Working Paper WP/16/046
Abstract: 
Despite the evolving literature on the development benefits of mobile phones, we still know very little about factors that influence their adoption. Using twenty five policy variables, we investigate determinants of mobile phone penetration in 49 Sub-Saharan African countries with data for the period 2000-2012. The empirical evidence is based on contemporary and non-contemporary OLS, Fixed effects, System GMM and Quantile regression techniques. The determinants are classified into six policy categories. They are: (i) macroeconomic, (ii) business/bank, (iii) market-related, (iv) knowledge economy, (v) external flows and (vi) human development. Results are presented in terms of threshold and non-threshold effects. The former has three main implications. First, there are increasing positive benefits in regulation quality, human development, foreign investment, education, urban population density and internet penetration. Second, there is evidence of decreasing positive effects from patent applications. Third, increasing negative impacts are established for foreign aid and return on equity. Non-threshold tendencies are discussed. Policy implications are also covered with emphasis on policy syndromes to enhance more targeted implications for worst performing nations.
Subjects: 
Panel data
Mobile phones
Development
Africa
JEL: 
C23
L96
O11
O33
O55
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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