Mobile Telecommunications Infrastructure and Economic Growth: Evidence from China

28 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2013

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Michael R. Ward

University of Texas at Arlington - College of Business Administration - Department of Economics; ZEW, Mannheim

Shilin Zheng

National School of Development Peking University

Date Written: August 2013

Abstract

We contribute to the role of telecommunications infrastructure on economic growth in three ways. We separately examine fixed-line and mobile telephone subscription levels. We compare an early build out period to a later more mature industry phase. And we develop a method designed to address endogeneity of telecommunications with respect to growth. We find that mobile services contribute much more to growth but that the effect diminishes over time as the markets for these services become more mature.

Keywords: Growth, Mobile Phone, China

JEL Classification: O4, L96

Suggested Citation

Ward, Michael Robert and Zheng, Shilin, Mobile Telecommunications Infrastructure and Economic Growth: Evidence from China (August 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2355509 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2355509

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Shilin Zheng

National School of Development Peking University ( email )

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