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The Role of Mobile Phones in Governance-Driven Technology Exports in Sub-Saharan Africa

Simplice Asongu () and Ndemaze Asongu ()
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Ndemaze Asongu: African Governance and Development Institute

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Journal of the Knowledge Economy, 2019, vol. 10, issue 2, No 18, 849-867

Abstract: Abstract This study assesses how the mobile phone influences governance to improve information and communication technology (ICT) exports in sub-Saharan Africa with data from 2000 to 2012. The empirical evidence is based on the generalised method of moments and three main governance concepts are used, namely (i) institutional (comprising the rule of law and corruption control), (ii) political (involving political stability/no violence and voice and accountability) and (iii) economic (including regulation quality and government effectiveness) governance. The following findings are established. First, there are positive net effects on ICT goods exports from independent interactions between mobile phones and ‘political stability’, ‘voice and accountability’ and corruption control. Second, significant net effects are not apparent from independent interactions between mobile phones and government effectiveness, regulation quality and the rule of law. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Keywords: Knowledge economy; Development; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L59 L98 O10 O30 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2019
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