Regulation of Latin American’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector: Success or Failure?

17 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2014

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James Alleman

University of Colorado at Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Science

Paul Rappoport

Temple University - Department of Economics

Date Written: July 4, 2014

Abstract

In the mid-1980s a movement towards privatization and de-regulation of the telecommunications sector was begun. The sector has been privatized in most countries and subjected to regulatory reform. The major reform occurred in the late 1990s. Since then the internet and cellular-mobile industries have advanced significantly. Mobile service has exploded, particularly in the developing world. This has changed the dynamics of the industry dramatically.

This paper empirically evaluates the reforms twenty-plus years after they have been implemented in selected Latin American countries using cross-country analysis. Earlier studies did not account for the regulatory environment nor cover the entire ICT sector. This paper empirically evaluates the impact of regulation in selected Latin American countries. The results are only suggestive, but not conclusive – that weaker regulation supports investment in the ICT sector due to higher prices for the service.

Keywords: Information & communications technology (ICT), economic growth, investment, mobile phones, privatization, regulation, regulatory reform.

Suggested Citation

Alleman, James H. and Rappoport, Paul, Regulation of Latin American’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Sector: Success or Failure? (July 4, 2014). CPR LATAM - Communication Policy Research Conference 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2462548 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2462548

James H. Alleman (Contact Author)

University of Colorado at Boulder - College of Engineering and Applied Science ( email )

CO
United States

Paul Rappoport

Temple University - Department of Economics ( email )

Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States

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