Not All that Glitters is Gold: ICT and Inclusive Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

African Governance and Development Institute WP/16/051

24 Pages Posted: 23 Dec 2016

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Jacinta Nwachukwu

Coventry University

Date Written: December 23, 2016

Abstract

This paper examines the short and long term effects of information and communication technology (ICT) on inclusive human development in a panel of 49 Sub-Saharan African countries for the period 2000-2012. ICT is measured in terms of mobile phone penetration, internet penetration and telephone penetration rates. While mobile phone penetration has positive short run and long term effects on inclusive human development, the effects of internet and telephone penetrations are insignificant. Moreover, the long term inclusive human development benefits of the mobile phone are higher than the corresponding short term rewards. Policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: ICT, inclusive human development, Africa

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

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice and Nwachukwu, Jacinta, Not All that Glitters is Gold: ICT and Inclusive Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (December 23, 2016). African Governance and Development Institute WP/16/051. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2889201 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2889201

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

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Jacinta Nwachukwu

Coventry University ( email )

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Coventry, CV1 5FB
United Kingdom

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