Telecommunications Infrastructure and Economic Development: A Simultaneous Approach
Lars-Hendrik Roller and
American Economic Review, 2001, vol. 91, issue 4, 909-923
In this paper we investigate how telecommunications infrastructure affects economic growth. We use evidence from 21 OECD countries over a 20-year period to examine the impacts that telecommunications developments may have had. We jointly estimate a micromodel for telecommunication investment with a macro production function. We find evidence of a significant positive causal link, especially when a critical mass of telecommunications infrastructure is present. Interestingly, the critical mass appears to be at a level of telecommunications infrastructure that is near universal service.
JEL-codes: O47 L96 O33 H54 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Note: DOI: 10.1257/aer.91.4.909
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