Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa

  title={Mobile Phones and Economic Development in Africa},
  author={Jenny Aker and Isaac M. Mbiti},
  journal={IRPN: Innovation \& Development Economics (Topic)},
  • J. Aker, I. Mbiti
  • Published 1 June 2010
  • Economics
  • IRPN: Innovation & Development Economics (Topic)
We examine the growth of mobile phone technology over the past decade and consider its potential impacts upon quality of life in low-income countries, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa. We first provide an overview of the patterns and determinants of mobile phone coverage in sub-Saharan Africa before describing the characteristics of primary and secondary mobile phone adopters on the continent. We then discuss the channels through which mobile phone technology can impact development… 
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