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Addressing the Severity and Intensity of Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa: How Relevant is the ICT and Financial Development Pathway?

Isaac Ofori (), Mark Mark K. Armah (), Francis Taale () and Pamela Ofori ()
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Isaac Ofori: University of Insubria, Varese, Italy
Mark Mark K. Armah: University of Cape Coast, Cape Coast, Ghana
Pamela Ofori: University of Insubria, Varese, Italy

Authors registered in the RePEc Author Service: Isaac Kwesi Ofori ()

No 21/064, Working Papers of the African Governance and Development Institute. from African Governance and Development Institute.

Abstract: The study examines the effectiveness of financial development, financial access, and ICT diffusion in reducing the severity and intensity of poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). Using data from the World Bank’s World Development Indicators, and the Global Consumption and Income Project (1980–2019), we provide evidence robust to several specifications from the dynamic system GMM and the panel corrected standard errors estimation techniques to show that, compared to financial access, ICT usage, and ICT access, ICT skills is remarkable in reducing both the severity and intensity of poverty. The results further unveil that, though ICT skills reduce the intensity and severity of poverty in SSA, the effect is more pronounced in the presence of enhanced financial development and financial access. Policy recommendations are provided in line with the region’s green growth agenda and the rise in technological hubs of the region.

Keywords: Financial Access; Financial Development; ICT; Inequality; Poverty; Africa (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C33 D31 F63 I3 O33 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36
Date: 2021-01
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Forthcoming: Heliyon Business and Economics

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