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Ethnic politics and the diffusion of mobile technology in Africa

Roland Hodler and Paul Raschky ()

Economics Letters, 2017, vol. 159, issue C, 78-81

Abstract: We analyze the effect of an ethnic group’s country-level population share on the mobile phone infrastructure in Africa. Consistent with the African power-sharing arrangements documented by Francois et al. (2015), we find that larger ethnic groups benefit from a higher concentration of mobile phone infrastructure and a higher fraction of UMTS cell sites.

Keywords: Power sharing; Mobile phones; Technology diffusion; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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