The Role of ICT in Modulating the Effect of Education and Lifelong Learning on Income Inequality and Economic Growth in Africa

African Development Review, 31(3), pp. 261-274 (2019)

25 Pages Posted: 12 Sep 2019 Last revised: 16 Oct 2019

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Vanessa S. Tchamyou

African Governance and Development Institute

Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Nicholas Odhiambo

University of South Africa - Department of Economics

Date Written: September 4, 2019

Abstract

This study assesses the role of ICT in modulating the impact of education and lifelong learning on income inequality and economic growth. It focuses on a sample of 48 African countries from 2004 to 2014. The empirical evidence is based on the generalised method of moments (GMM). The following findings are established. First, mobile phone and internet each interact with primary school education to decrease income inequality. Second, all ICT indicators interact with secondary school education to exert a negative impact on the Gini index. Third, fixed broadband distinctly interacts with primary school education and lifelong learning to have a positive effect on economic growth. Fourth, ICT indicators do not significantly influence inequality and economic growth through tertiary school education and lifelong learning. These main findings are further substantiated. Policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: Education; Lifelong learning; ICT; Inequality; Africa

JEL Classification: I28; I20; I30; L96; O55

Suggested Citation

S. Tchamyou, Vanessa and Asongu, Simplice and Odhiambo, Nicholas, The Role of ICT in Modulating the Effect of Education and Lifelong Learning on Income Inequality and Economic Growth in Africa (September 4, 2019). African Development Review, 31(3), pp. 261-274 (2019). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3447940 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3447940

Vanessa S. Tchamyou

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

P.O. Box 8413
Yaoundé, 8413
Cameroon

Nicholas Odhiambo

University of South Africa - Department of Economics ( email )

PO Box 392
Pretoria, 0003
South Africa

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