This brief paper uses a simple arithmetic framework to classify and explain the performance of developing countries in closing the absolute digital divide. Four categories are created on the basis of two variables, namely, the penetration and rate of growth of mobile phones. The paper answers questions such as: Which countries do well and badly on both variables? Are the countries in these categories drawn from specific regions or similar income levels or is the distribution more random? How can similar countries from the same region appear in two diametrically opposite categories?
The Effect of Income Inequality on Mobile Phone Penetration
Mobile connectivity in Africa has already arrived
The purpose of this paper is to complement theoretical and qualitative literature with empirical evidence on the income-redistributive effect of mobile phone penetration in 52 African countries. The findings suggest that mobile penetration is pro-poor, as it has a positive income equality effect. Asongu, S. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Please share your general feedback. You can start or join in a discussion here.
The impact of mobile phone penetration on African inequality
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