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dc.contributor.authorKlonner, Stefanen_US
dc.contributor.authorNolen, Patrick J.en_US
dc.description.abstractWe study the labor market effects of the roll-out of mobile phone coverage in rural South Africa. We address identification issues which arise from the fact that network roll-out cannot be viewed as an exogenous process to local economic development. We combine spatially coded data from South Africa’s leading network provider with annual labor force surveys. We use terrain properties to construct an instrumental variable that allows us to identify the causal effect of network coverage on economic outcomes under plausible assumptions. We find substantial effects of network roll-out on labor market outcomes with remarkable gender-specific differences. Employment increases by 15 percentage points when a locality receives network coverage. A gender- differentiated analysis shows that most of this effect is due to increased employment by women, in particular those who are not burdened with large child care responsibilities at their homes. All of the employment gains accrue in wage employed occupations. Agricultural employment decreases substantially, especially among males.en_US
dc.publisher|aVerein für Socialpolitik, Ausschuss für Entwicklungsländer |cGöttingenen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries|aProceedings of the German Development Economics Conference, Hannover 2010 |x56en_US
dc.subject.keywordMobile Phonesen_US
dc.subject.keywordEconomic Developmenten_US
dc.subject.keywordProject Evaluationen_US
dc.titleCell Phones and Rural Labor Markets: Evidence from South Africaen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US

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