The Effects of Mobile Phone Technology, Knowledge Creation and Diffusion on Inclusive Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa

Journal of Knowledge Economy, 12(3), pp. 1367–1398 (2021).

42 Pages Posted: 2 Jul 2020 Last revised: 1 Sep 2021

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Simplice Asongu

African Governance and Development Institute

Date Written: June 10, 2020

Abstract

This paper examines the joint effects of mobile phone technology, knowledge creation and diffusion on inclusive human development in 49 sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries. The empirical evidence is based on Tobit regressions for the period 2000-2012. The net effects of interactions between the mobile phone, knowledge creation and diffusion variables are positive indicating that the combined effects of these variables improve inclusive human development in SSA countries. Further analysis dividing the data set into a number of fundamental characteristics based on economic, legal, religion and political stability associated with African economies show that mobile phone penetration and associated innovation in SSA improve inclusive human development irrespective of the country’s level of income, legal origins, religious orientation and the state of the nation. The pupil-teacher ratio exerts a negative influence on the outcome variable which is favorable for inclusive human development because higher ratios denote lower education quality since more pupils are accommodated by fewer teachers. The study contributes to innovation diffusion theory and economic development literature.

Keywords: Mobile Phones; Innovation, Knowledge Diffusion; Inclusive Human Development; Africa

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

Suggested Citation

Asongu, Simplice, The Effects of Mobile Phone Technology, Knowledge Creation and Diffusion on Inclusive Human Development in Sub-Saharan Africa (June 10, 2020). Journal of Knowledge Economy, 12(3), pp. 1367–1398 (2021)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3623840 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3623840

Simplice Asongu (Contact Author)

African Governance and Development Institute ( email )

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