Mobile Phone Innovation and Inclusive Human Development: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

African Governance and Development Institute WP/16/027

36 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2016

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Agyenim Boateng

Glasgow Caledonian University

Raphaël K. Akamavi

Hull University Business School (HUBS)

Date Written: March 07, 2016

Abstract

A recent World Bank report reveals that poverty has been decreasing in all regions of the world with the exception of sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) as more than 45% of countries in the sub-region are off-track from achieving the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) extreme poverty target. This paper investigates the effects of mobile phone technology, knowledge creation and diffusion on inclusive human development in 49 SSA countries for the period 2000-2012 using Tobit model. The study finds that mobile phone penetration in SSA is pivotal to sustainable and inclusive human development irrespective of the country’s level of income, legal origins, religious orientation and the state of the nation. However, the pupil-teacher ratio exerts a negative influence on inclusive human development. The net effects of interactions between the mobile phone and knowledge diffusion variables are positive.

Keywords: mobile phones; inclusive human development; Africa

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

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Boateng, Agyenim and Akamavi, Raphaël K., Mobile Phone Innovation and Inclusive Human Development: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa (March 07, 2016). African Governance and Development Institute WP/16/027. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2822103 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2822103

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Agyenim Boateng

Glasgow Caledonian University ( email )

Scotland
United Kingdom

Raphaël K. Akamavi

Hull University Business School (HUBS)

Hull, HU6 7RX
United Kingdom

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