Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/204937
Authors: 
Asongu, Simplice
Le Roux, Sara
Nwachukwu, Jacinta C.
Pyke, Chris
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
AGDI Working Paper WP/18/029
Abstract: 
Purpose- This study presents theoretical and empirical arguments for the role of mobile telephony in promoting good governance in 47 sub-Saharan African countries for the period 2000-2012. Design/methodology/approach- The empirical inquiry uses an endogeneity-robust GMM approach with forward orthogonal deviations to analyse the linkage between mobile phone usage and the variation in three broad governance categories − political, economic and institutional. Findings- Three key findings are established: First, in terms of individual governance indicators, mobile phones consistently stimulated good governance by the same magnitude, with the exception of the effect on the regulation component of economic governance. Second, when indicators are combined, the effect of mobile phones on general governance is three times higher than that on the institutional governance category. Third, countries with lower levels of governance indicators are catching-up with their counterparts with more advanced dynamics. Originality/value- The study makes both theoretical and empirical contributions by highlighting the importance of various combinations of governance indicators and their responsiveness to mobile phone usage.
Subjects: 
comparative study
ICT
IT diffusion and adoption
JEL: 
G20
O38
O40
O55
P37
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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