Female Economic Participation With Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Advancement: Evidence From Sub-Saharan Africa

South African Journal of Economics, 86(2), pp. 231-246 (June, 2018). DOI: 10.1111/saje.12194

28 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2018 Last revised: 22 Jun 2018

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Uchenna Efobi

Covenant University

Belmondo Tanankem

Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development - Department of Analysis and Economic Policies

Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Date Written: January 3, 2018

Abstract

This study complements existing literature by investigating how the advancement in information and communication technology affects the formal economic participation of women. The focus is on 48 African countries for the period 1990-2014. The empirical evidence is based on Ordinary Least Squares, Fixed Effects and the Generalized Method of Moments regressions. The results show that improving communication technology increases female economic participation with the following consistent order of increasing magnitude: mobile phone penetration; internet penetration, and fixed broadband subscriptions. The findings are robust to the control for heterogeneities across countries. Policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: Africa, Gender, ICT, Inclusive Development, Technology

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

Suggested Citation

Efobi, Uchenna and Tanankem, Belmondo and Asongu, Simplice, Female Economic Participation With Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Advancement: Evidence From Sub-Saharan Africa (January 3, 2018). South African Journal of Economics, 86(2), pp. 231-246 (June, 2018). DOI: 10.1111/saje.12194. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3133836 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3133836

Uchenna Efobi

Covenant University ( email )

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Belmondo Tanankem

Ministry of Economy, Planning and Regional Development - Department of Analysis and Economic Policies ( email )

Cameroon

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

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