Mobile Phones in the Diffusion of Knowledge and Persistence in Inclusive Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Information Development, 33(3), pp. 289–302 (2017)

2016 African Governance and Development Institute WP/16/009

22 Pages Posted: 31 May 2016 Last revised: 29 Jun 2017

See all articles by Simplice Asongu

Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Jacinta Nwachukwu

University of Huddersfield - Business School

Date Written: March 13, 2016

Abstract

The success of inclusive development strategies in the post-2015 sustainable development agenda depends substantially on the adoption of common inclusive development policies among nations. Building on the relevance of a knowledge economy in the post-2015 development agenda, this study models the feasibility of common policies for inclusive human development in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). More specifically, we investigate the complementary role of knowledge diffusion in the inclusive benefits of mobile phone penetration in SSA from 2000 to 2012 by employing the Generalised Method of Moments. Knowledge diffusion variables include educational quality, innovation and internet penetration. The main finding is that inclusive human development is persistently conditional on mobile phones in knowledge diffusion. Moreover, countries with low levels of inclusive human development are catching-up their counterparts with higher development. Policy implications are discussed with particular emphasis on how to leverage common knowledge economy initiatives for inclusive development.

Keywords: Mobile phones, catch-up, inclusive human development, Africa

JEL Classification: G20, I10, I32, O40, O55

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Nwachukwu, Jacinta C., Mobile Phones in the Diffusion of Knowledge and Persistence in Inclusive Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (March 13, 2016). Information Development, 33(3), pp. 289–302 (2017); 2016 African Governance and Development Institute WP/16/009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2786241

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Jacinta C. Nwachukwu

University of Huddersfield - Business School ( email )

Queensgate
Huddersfield HD1 3DH
United Kingdom

Here is the Coronavirus
related research on SSRN

Paper statistics

Downloads
20
Abstract Views
236
PlumX Metrics