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Female Economic Participation with Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Advancement: Evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa

Uchenna Efobi (), Belmondo Tanankem () and Simplice Asongu ()
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Uchenna Efobi: Ogun State, Nigeria
Belmondo Tanankem: Yaoundé, Cameroon

No 18/005, Working Papers of the African Governance and Development Institute. from African Governance and Development Institute.

Abstract: This study complements existing literature by investigating how the advancement in information and communication technology affects the formal economic participation of women. The focus is on 48 African countries for the period 1990-2014. The empirical evidence is based on Ordinary Least Squares, Fixed Effects and the Generalized Method of Moments regressions. The results show that improving communication technology increases female economic participation with the following consistent order of increasing magnitude: mobile phone penetration; internet penetration, and fixed broadband subscriptions. The findings are robust to the control for heterogeneities across countries. Policy implications are discussed.

Keywords: Africa; Gender; ICT; Inclusive development; Technology (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: G20 I10 I32 O40 O55 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-afr, nep-ict and nep-pay
Date: 2018-01
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Forthcoming: South African Journal of Economics

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